Taking the bull by its horns
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 30: The BJP Assam Pradesh has dared Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to make public evidences he has in support of his allegation that the BJP Government at the Centre did try to topple his government in Assam with the help of the Governor.
Talking to newsmen in the city today, State BJP’s media panelist Rupam Goswami said: “Gogoi’s allegation that the BJP tried to topple the Gogoi Government with the help of the Governor is not based on facts. Gogoi even said that Rs 100 crore changed hands to topple the Assam Government. If Gogoi has any material evidences in support of his allegation he should make that public, or else he should tender an abject apology before the people of the State. Involving the gubertorial office in the allegation by the Chief Minister is a serious matter. A Governor is the head of a State and he is above politics. Gogoi’s allegation has proved it beyond doubt that the Congress did use governors while in power, and they are yet to give up that mentality.”
Goswami said that the Congress would be routed in this Assembly election as the people of the State are ready to say good riddance to the corrupt regime.
Reacting to All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president Rahul Gandhi’s allegation while addressing a poll rally in the State yesterday that the Centre has stripped Assam of its special category status and AICC president Sonia Gandhi’s allegation today that the Centre has cut the amount of Central funds for minority and tribal people in the State, Goswami today said: “Neither there has been stripping Assam of the Special Status nor has there been any cut in tribal and minority development funds from the Centre. The Special Status to Assam is still intact, and there has been no cut in the volume of Central funds for the tribal and minority people of the State.”
Goswami said that the main issue of the BJP in this Assembly election is development against the Congress’ bid to give a commul colour to the entire election process. “We won’t let that happen,” he said.
Reacting to a tiol media channel’s opinion poll report putting the number of seats to be won by the BJP and its allies in the Assam Assembly poll at 76, Goswami said: “We will get more seats than what has been predicted.”
Taking a dig at Congress leaders like Sanjay Singh and Manmohan Singh, Goswami stated that it is the Congress and its leaders who come to Assam only to be representatives of the state and after fulfilling their purpose they set their feet on the soil of Assam.
Meanwhile, party spokesperson Pabitra Margherita said that an order has been released by State party president Sarbanda Sonowal withdrawing the expulsion order against Dipak Ruhi Das of Abhayapuri South, Bikram Singh Basumatari of Majbat, Pinku Das and Ramendra Kumar Sarkar of Mangaldoi and Biren Ojha of Goalpara East.