GUWAHATI, Sept 26 � The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today dared Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to institute a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into all the financial dealings of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council since 2001.
AGP spokesman Atul Bora said that if the Chief Minister has the courage he should order a CBI probe since 2001 and not only on the basis of the audit of the Accountant General (AG). The Chief Minister yesterday announced the Government�s decision to institute a CBI probe into financial dealings of eight departments of the Council on the basis of the audit of the AG. However, the AGP pointed out that the Government had ordered an AG audit of the financial dealings of the Council during the period from 2007 to 2009 and if the CBI probe is instituted on the basis of the same, the main culprits would go scot-free.
The Government is trying to probe the financial dealings of the Council of only the period when the BJP and ASDC were in power. The probe should also cover the period when the Congress was ruling the Council, Bora demanded. He asserted that the AGP would continue its movement for a thorough probe into all the financial dealings of the Council since 2001.
On the Chief Minister�s allegation of involvement of AGP in the �secret killings�, Bora said that the Congress raises the issue only when the election approaches only to mislead the voters. He pointed out that the Congress completed nine years in power and �if any secret killing took place during the tenure of the AGP in power, why no action has been taken against anyone�. He said that the Chief Minister should be held responsible for protecting those involved in secret killings as he failed to initiate any action against anyone in this regard. He further said that a number of innocent people were killed in different parts of Assam during the tenure of the Congress in power and those incidents should be probed and action should be taken against those involved.
Clarifying the position of the AGP on the issue of construction of mega dams, Bora said that the party would continue to launch movement against construction of such dams as it would jeopardize the future of the state and its people. He said that in the 1980s, the AGP demanded setting up of multipurpose projects with means to control flood and erosion, but refusing to accept the demand, the Government went for only construction of mega dams- for power generation with no provision for flood and erosion protection, he added.