Corruption in project to erect statue of Lachit Borphukan in Brahmaputra?
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Oct 16: It is still alleged that the 15-year-long rule in the State by the Congress, with veteran leader Tarun Gogoi as the Chief Minister for three consecutive terms, was marked by corruption. The present plight of the view point at Muchkhowa in the city erected to view the 35-foot-high statue of Ahom general Lachit Borphukan in the midst of the river bears testimony to the veracity of the allegation.
After much delay, the Tarun Gogoi-led government was in a haste to complete the installation of the statue and its iuguration. It was iugurated by Gogoi on January 31, 2016. The project, foundation for which was laid in 2011, depicts the Battle of Saraighat of 1671 in which Lachit and his soldiers stopped the marauding Mughals from invading the Ahom kingdom. The plight of the view point to see the entire extravaganza speaks volumes of corruption that was prevalent during the Gogoi regime, leading to comprise in quality of works. The view point is yet to complete a year, but the marble slabs it was made of have already caved in. Now the view point remains locked from inside as it is not fit for viewers to stand on.
The quality of works done under the supervision of a government does speak volumes of transparency and sincerity on the part of the government concerned. What does one smack of when a piece of work done by a government does not even last for a year? This is just one but a glaring example of corruption in the State in the past 15 years. This is a universal truth that a corrupt government leaves numerous vestiges that keep reminding the public of the degree of corruption committed by their perpetrators.