GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – Peasant organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti today alleged that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is involved in embezzling the public money of the State and part of the money laundered by him has been siphoned off to the US to procure property there in the names of members of his family.
The peasant organisation also demanded a CBI inquiry into the allegation and dared the Chief Minister to make a public statement on the source of the money used in procuring property in the US.
Addressing mediapersons at a press conference here this afternoon, KMSS secretary Akhil Gogoi alleged that the Chief Minister has several houses in the US in the names of his wife Dolly Gogoi (12700 W Dodge Road, Omaha NE 69154), daughter Chandrima Gogoi (701 Berry Ave, Los Angeles C A 94024) and son-in-law Prasenjit Phukan (178 Ownes Ct Mountain View C A 94043; 143 Albany St, Cambridge MA 02139 and Los Altos CA 94022).
The money value of these houses when added together would be Rs 17, 88, 45, 050. His daughter had declared while acquiring the property that her average annual income was Rs 64, 42, 650, while her husband Prasenjit Phukan had made three declarations stating that his average annual incomes were Rs 64, 42, 650, Rs 34, 36,050 and Rs 72, 71, 250. Chief Minster's wife Dolly Gogoi declared that her average annual income was Rs 29, 18, 650.
The peasant organisation alleged that the Chief Minister requisitioned the services of his 'scam-tainted' Ministerial colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma to transfer part of the looted money to the US through hawala. This is why the Chief Minister has so far been maintaining silence over the issue of Himanta Biswa Sarma embezzling the public money of the State.
The peasant organisation has collected the information concerning the US property of the Chief Minister's family by using the website intelius. com, said the KMSS secretary.
It has hit out at Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Bhubaneswar Kalita for his 'halfhearted approach' in the matter of the corruption indulged in by Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The peasant organisation is holding a massive demonstration against corruption at the Dispur Last Gate from 11 am on January 10 and it has appealled to all patriotic people to take part in the programme. Noted RTI activist Arvind Kezriwal and national convenor of the National Alliance of People's Movement Dr Sandip Pandey will take part in the demonstration, said the KMSS secretary.