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Former Congress leader joins BJP with 600 followers

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Special Correspondent

Silchar, March 7: Thoiba Singha, former Youth Congress general secretary of Guwahati, today swelled the rank and file of BJP by joining the saffron party along with 600 followers, male and female. At a function organized in this connection presided over by Kabindra Purkayastha, ex MP and central minister, and attended by frontline leaders of the party, Thoiba Singha and all his followers were admitted to the primary membership of the party. The ceremonial joining was organized at Shibpur village in the sub-division of Lakhipur, 30 km from here.

Thoiba Singha who was actively associated with Congress for the last 17 years and was instrumental in the election success of Dinesh Prasad Goala, former state minister and a leading leader of Congress. Goala created a sort of history in the electoral battle of Barak Valley by remaining unbeaten for 7 consecutive times. His electoral battle started in 1983 and till 2011, his record was unbeaten. His sudden death led to his exit from the politics of Lakhipur sub-division. Now, his mantle has fallen on his son Rajdeep Goala, elected as MLA in the bi election of 2014.

But, the domineering politics of Dinesh Prasad Goala for more than 30 years was marked by rampant corruptions. Thoiba Singha in his brief speech on the occasion gave a graphic account of how the former minister made a cosmetic show of the utilization of central and the state development funds. Foundation stones of schemes and projects involving lakhs and crores of rupees, he pointed out, were laid, but implemented in a half-hearted manner. It was misuse and no less than misappropriation of funds. Lashing out at the departed leader, Thoiba Singha did not mince words to say that during the time of Goala, there was little development. Villages after villages continue to reel under problems of electricity, drinking water, health structure, education and communication.

Continuing his tirade against Congress, former Youth Congress leader said quite unfortute Goala did not take the pains to visit not only areas close to his home but also to those isolated and virtually cocooned places inhabited by different communities and tribes. The sub-division as a whole presented a picture of total negligence in development. He cited specific instance of Rs.1200 crore allotted by the Centre to Assam for rural development. The state government headed by Tarun Gogoi could make use of Rs.600 crore only. He would prepare a documented memorandum on the questioble utilization of development funds during his time after its endorsement by the GP, mandal and block level committees and submit it to the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar for causing investigation and follow up action.

Thoiba Singha said he was inspired by the call of Prime Minister rendra Modi for freeing the country from Congress and its corruptions. It would be his endeavour along with the party workers to fulfill Mission-84 for the Assembly elections of 2016. He was confident it would be achieved and with that objective he would launch campaign from the grass root level to whip up support for BJP. That the BJP is now a rising force in Lakhipur sub-division can well be understood from the fact that during the last civic polls, the party could win five of the ten seats in the municipal board.

Thoiba Singha committed himself before the assembly of leaders and followers that he would remain loyal to the principles and ideals of BJP. Other BJP leaders who were present at the function included Bimolendu Roy, Nitya Bhusan Dey and Sanjay Thakur.

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