GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – Accusing the ruling Congress of resorting to cheap tactics to allure voters as well as senior journalists before the coming Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday stated that the Election Commission of India must issue the election notification as soon as possible to avoid ‘unholy misuse of public funds’ for electoral gains by the Tarun Gogoi government.
Addressing media persons here, national general secretary of the party Vijay Goel said that undue haste in laying foundation stones of various projects by the Gogoi government at the expense of the exchequer smacked of a cheap gimmick to woo voters and to cover their failure and corruption as exposed by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
“The Chief Minister and his colleagues are adopting a cheap method of attracting voters by laying foundation stones in a haphazard manner and distributing blankets and mosquito nets, thereby violating all administrative norms and wasting public money,” said Goel.
The senior leader also questioned the government’s motive behind the decision to give laptops to senior journalists just before the election. “If the government is actually concerned about the welfare of the journalist fraternity why doesn’t it ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the Manisana Commission and Pay Board,” asked Goel.
It needs to be mentioned here that the BJP submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner demanding early announcement of election dates so as to check the misuse of public funds by the Congress government. “The ruling Congress can be restrained only when the model code of conduct will come into force,” said Goel.
On the other hand, briefing about the election preparedness of the party, Goel said that the party has finally decided to go alone in the Assembly elections and will field candidates in all the 126 seats. The party’s election strategy too has been completed and it is all set to approach the game with true professionalism. Five major committees including a State election management committee have been constituted by the party to manage different aspects of the elections.