GUWAHATI, April 12 � A day after the fate of the candidates contesting Assembly election 2011 in the State has been sealed, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi lashed out at the general secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) Akhil Gogoi, terming him an �agent� of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).
Alleging that the anti-graft campaigner�s recent activities were a part of a greater political drama, the Chief Minister said that �Akhil Gogoi is a politician in the guise of an NGO activist�.
He further sought to clarify that he had not violated any model code of conduct by holding the press conference on April 3 at Jorhat, a day after campaigning came to a close.
�Had it been so, the Election Commission would have certainly acted against me. I did not speak anything that had bypassed the restrictions imposed on the candidates by the Commission,� he claimed.
The Chief Minister said that Akhil Gogoi was not detained for holding the press conference, rather he was detained for taking out a rally, which violated the CrPC 144 guidelines.
Asked as to why he had intervened to facilitate the RTI activist�s release, Gogoi said, �They were trying to gain political mileage from that and so I asked the police to release him on bail.�
He went on to claim that Akhil Gogoi had willingly violated the CrPC to gain political mileage.
�He is more than a politician and playing into the hands of the AGP. Akhil Gogoi is a dramatist with a political agenda,� Gogoi alleged.
On elections, Gogoi claimed that the Congress would bag at least 63 seats and will form the Government in alliance with the BPF.
He also expressed satisfaction with the record percentage of polling registered in both phases, and claimed that no Government in the history of the State has been able to derive such support after ruling for ten years consecutively.
�It was I who had brought almost all the militant groups to the negotiation table and I take credit for it,� Gogoi added.