KOKRAJHAR, Jan 6 - The United People’s Party (Liberal) on Friday staged a three-hour sit-in demonstration at Children’s Park near the Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner’s Office, demanding a probe into the “financial mismanagement and rampant corruption” in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) on the basis of the CAG report 2008-09 to 2013-14 by the highest investigating agency of the country.
The party also demanded holding of the Village Council Development Committee (VCDC) election simultaneously with the Panchayat election in Assam and selection of all the Members of Council Legislative Assembly (MCLAs) of BTC as chairpersons of the Territorial Council Level Coordination Committee in the greater interest of the BTC.
The women’s cell and youth cell of the party also extended their support to the sit-in programme.
A large number of party supporters carrying banners and posters joined the sit-in programme which started from 10 am.
Later, they also submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through the Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner.
In the memorandum, the party stated that the CAG had conducted the audit of all the departments of the BTC and unearthed anomalies to the tune of Rs 180 crore.
The party also urged the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to intervene in the matter.
On the other hand, the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), in a press note, criticised Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju for his reported comment in the Parliament that the Centre has no plan for separate Statehood. The ABSU has urged the Centre to adopt a clear-cut policy on separate State demands in India.