BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent
Guwahati, Assam: As the second round of Assam Assembly elections comes closer, the blame-game has started. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday charged the ruling Congress in Assam with entering into a “secret understanding” with the minority-dominated All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in a bid to form the government after the assembly polls.
Releasing BJP’s “44 point charge sheet” against the Congress, BJP general secretary and state’s election in-charge Vijay Goel claimed that according to a “reliable source”, there was a meeting between AIUDF president Badaruddin Ajmal and senior Congress leaders Salman Khursheed and Saifuddin Soz in New Delhi recently where Ajmal was promised deputy chief ministership.
“This amounts to selling out Assam to the Bangladeshi infiltrators for the sake of power and has revealed the true colours of the Congress,” Goel said. “Badaruddin is only a spokesperson of the Bangladeshi infiltrators and their interest which is posing a grave threat to the people of the state,” he claimed.
Goel welcomed the stand of Bodoland Peoples Front chief Hagrama Mohilary, a Congress ally, that he was prepared to join a non-Congress government in the state, and said the Bodo party had realised the “danger posed by the Congress”.
In the charge-sheet filed against the ruling Congress, the BJP alleged that Assam “had earned the dubious distinction of being the most corrupt state in the country”.
“There is corruption in at least 11 vital services including health, school education, electricity and water supply”, he said. “The multi-crore development fund scandal in North Cachar hills took place in the time of the Congress rule between 2001 to 2011”, he alleged.
“Why was nobody punished in the Rs-3,000-crore scam thorough mismanagement of funds meant for rural development and NREGA in Karbi Anglong Autonomous District Council”, he asked.
Law and order had deteriorated during the Congress regime and there were as many as 12,000 incidents of murder, 1,000 kidnappings and 5,000 extortion cases registered in police stations in the last ten years, the BJP leader said.