JORHAT, Feb 14 - A letter written reportedly by the Jorhat district unit of BJP to the Jorhat Municipal Board Chairman listing about eight names of contractors to be awarded contract for 16 projects, including construction of roads and drains has been slammed by the Jorhat district unit of AASU.
It may be mentioned here that Rs 9.96 crore under the State Owned Priority Development Fund has been sanctioned for road and drain works in 19 wards of JMB.
The letter has been reportedly signed by the BJP district unit president Kamakhya Mohan Das and general gecretary of Jorhat district unit Iswar Prasanna Bordoloi.
Arjunmoni Bhuyan and Partha Pratim Borah, president and general secretary respectively of Jorhat district AASU unit in a press statement stated that “it was a matter of shame” that the BJP is favouring its own party workers and supporters by practising nepotism.
Alleging that the present Jorhat Municipal Board managed by BJP and having 12 members out of total 19, has got mired in controversy and corruption instead of solving the burning problems of the town like traffic congestion and dumping of garbage in the Bhogdoi river bank, thereby polluting the river for which the people had elected them, and were only interested in promoting their own members and supporters.
Bijoy Shankar Bordoloi, adviser of Jorhat regional unit of AASU, said in the statement that the JMB by violating rules issued trade licence to open a fast food outlet of a multi-national company at Gar-Ali recently despite lack of parking place in the premises where the outlet has been housed.
The communique further alleged that this was a means by the leaders to “get commission” given that the Board elections were round the corner as the tenure of JMB will expire in the first week of April this year and Assembly polls are slated early next year.
When contacted, Kamakhya Mohan Das confirmed that the letter had been issued by him on behalf of the party requesting the JMB Chairman to allot the work to their own party contractors if they fulfilled the norms and other criterion.
Refuting charges of favouritism or nepotism, Das said that the party has only requested the JMB to consider awarding the works to the names mentioned in the letter if all required norms were fulfilled and rates quoted were satisfactory after tenders were opened.
It may be mentioned here that the JMB, run by the BJP since April 1, 2015, had witnessed frequent feuds among the saffron party ward commissioners leading the Board at one time to have three persons occupying the Chairman’s post in the four years and ten months.
Similarly, two persons have occupied the Vice-Chairman’s post with the first one re-occupying the post last year after resigning on November 2017.