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US Atrocities in Grenada

speeches may well be an affirmation of ber confidence in the leadership of Hiteswar Saikia and her reluctance to make Buy overture to the agitationists which might appear as being made over the Saikia administration's heads. But such restraint cannot entirely be reassuring for the Chief Minister either. For, while the Prime Minister is satisfied with the Chief Minister's performance, what has not been endorsed il his own indispensabi- lity in Assam. At some point, the Prime Minister will have to reopen the Assam issue; and then, it may well become necessary for her to abandon Hiteswar Saikia and look for a more acceptable leader who might negotiate with the agitation leaders. Hiteswar Saikia, despite all the claims being made, has not yet been able to establish such links, though there are others in the Congress(I) legislature party, and even in the cabinet, who have such links. This probably explains why the Chief Minister scrupulously kept out every other cabinet member and even other local leader from the limelight and ensured that; next to the Prime Minister, he would be the most important dignitary during her visit to the State.

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