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Gogoi admits corruption under his rule
Published on 2 Feb. 2011 10:03 PM IST
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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday admitted that graft has taken place under his rule, but launched a counter attack claiming the two terms of main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) were also ridden by rampant corruption.
“I would not say there was no corruption during our government. Yes, corruption did take place, but then the AGP’s two terms were not free from corruption either,” the chief minister told journalists.
“If there was no corruption during the AGP’s tenure, then why did the CBI chargesheet then chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and seek the governor’s sanction to prosecute him.”
The chief minister was reacting to the AGP’s demand for expulsion of corrupt ministers allegedly involved in a multimillion rupee scam in the North Cachar Hills district being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The opposition AGP stalled assembly proceedings for the second straight day, with the speaker forced to adjourn the house Wednesday. The opposition was demanding action against corrupt ministers.
“We welcome any discussion on corruption or other issues, but then why is the AGP trying to stall the proceedings? The AGP must have been sleeping for the past nine years of my government and only now has realised the issue of corruption as elections are around the corner,” Gogoi said.
“This is nothing but an election gimmick, with the AGP only interested in raking up issues for media publicity.”
The chief minister said ministers or other Congress leaders directly or indirectly involved in corruption charges would be denied party tickets to contest the upcoming assembly elections.
“Our stand is very clear and we shall not give tickets to anyone accused of corruption and we expect the AGP to adopt a similar stand,” Gogoi said.
Assembly adjourned
The Assam Assembly proceedings was adjourned for the day today after two brief adjournments due to pandemonium in the House since begining of the proceedings.
As soon as the House assembled on the second day, the Opposition members raised slogans with placards against the Governor’s address yesterday alleging that he had not mentioned about the multi-crore Rupees scam in N C Hills district Autonomous Council.
Demanding a discussion on all the scams in the state and corruption, the opposition led by the AGP asserted that Governor J B Patnaik’s speech was only a propaganda of the state government.
Amidst the noisy protests from the Opposition, Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai adjourned the house for one hour.
On the House reassembling after the break, the Opposition continued with their demand and shoutings and did not allow the House to proceed with the agenda of the day.
The Speaker again adjourned the House for half an hour but the situation remained the same when it reassembled.
As the Opposition continued to disrupt the proceedings, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.
On the first day of the budget session yesterday, the Opposition had also protested and shouted slogans with placards demanding adjournment of the day’s proceedings to discuss the scams, corruption, the law and order situation in the state.

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