GUWAHATI, March 27 – Urging the electorate to reject the Congress in the coming Assembly polls, the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) has said that the unprecedented corruption taking place in the State was a direct result of the party’s endorsement to all forms of corrupt practices.
It also called for cancellation of the nomination of Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, alleging that he violated the model poll code of conduct while filing his nomination on Friday.
Addressing a press conference, KMSS general secretary Akhil Gogoi said that the Congress Government in the State received a total amount of Rs 147,332.11 crore including its own revenue of Rs 40,961.45 crore from 2001-02 to 2010-11 but the development at the ground never reflected this.
“In addition to this amount, there have been additional funds to the tune of Rs 60,000 crore for a number of projects. With over Rs 2 lakh crore at its disposal the State Government could have effected sweeping changes on the socio-economic development front. Unfortunately, it resulted in a competition of corruption with the members of the State cabinet leading the way while subjecting the poor masses to further sufferings,” Gogoi said, adding that the spiraling price rise of essential commodities during the period with little intervention from the Government made life miserable for the people.
Coming down hard on Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for indulging in a ‘shameless show’ during his filing of nomination on Friday, Gogoi said that the way his followers committed highhandedness on the common people including children and women and confronting the police, it left none in any doubt as to what type of governance the people would get in the event of the Congress coming to power again.
Pointing out that as per the version of the news channel owned by his family members the minister’s rally had 25,000 supporters, Gogoi said that the cost of the T-shirts and caps provided to the supporters would be Rs 25 lakh (at Rs 100 for a T-shirt and a cap).