By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 8: The BJP Assam Pradesh has asked party MP RP Sarmah not to level any corruption allegations against any party leader or minister without substantiating the charges with concrete proof. The State leadership of the party has, however, stopped short of taking any action against the MP and left the ball in the court of party high command.
Sarmah’s allegation of corruptionraj by a few ministers at Dispur has been rocking the party in the State for the past few days. The issue was discussed thoroughly at the office-bearers’ meeting of the party in Guwahati on Saturday in the presence of Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal and the party’s Northeast organizing general secretary Ajay Jamwal. The meeting decided to send the issue raised by Sarmah to the party high command. The meeting also asked all party leaders and office-bearers not to level any allegations against ministers or party leaders without equipped with concrete evidences. The meeting also asked party leaders not to divulge anything that might put the party in troubled waters in public, but to raise them in party fora.
At a mandal committee meeting of the party on Sunday also, State BJP president Ranjit Dass asked party leaders to maintain discipline and abide by party rules and regulations. He did raise the allegation of corruptionraj levelled against some ministers by Sarmah. Talking to newsmen later in the day, Dass said: “We’ve rubbished the allegations brought against some ministers by MP RP Sarmah as they were not written ones. The allegations brought against the ministers by Sarmah only confused the party and its workers. He levelled the allegations without any material evidences to back them up. He has polluted the atmosphere by bringing allegations without any rhyme or reason. He often makes such statements. We’ve cautioned him not to make any such statement. We’ve referred his case to the party high command. While in power everybody in the ruling party has to zip his/her lip on many issues.”
Dass said: “The BJP is going to rule the State for the next 20-30 years. To make that really happen, we need to strengthen the foundation of the party in the State.”
Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal also took part at the meeting of the mandal committee on Sunday at GMCH. The meeting was attended by 909 presidents and general secretaries of 303 party mandals in the State.
The State core committee of the BJP, on the other hand, met at the Chief Minister’s residence at Kharguli in the city later in the day.