GUWAHATI, Feb 8 � The last day of the last session of the 12th Assam Legislative Assembly ended with a stormy note with the Opposition members continuing their tirade against the Government on the issue of corruption. The House sat for less than 10 minutes in the day amidst strong protests by the Opposition members, while, no question was discussed in the Question Hour for the fifth consecutive day.
As soon as the House assembled for the day, the Deputy Speaker, Pranati Phukan said that as today is the last day of the 12th Assembly, every member should be allowed to speak and �no one should indulge in any drama.� The Opposition members protested her remark and all the Opposition members jumped to their feet and they also started raising their demand for CBI probe into all the irregularities in North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council and removal of the Ministers suspected to be involved in the scam. Unable to bring the situation under control, the Speaker, Tanka Bahadur Rai adjourned the House for the entire duration of the Question Hour.
As soon as the House re-assembled, the Opposition members started raising their demands again and the Speaker adjourned the House sine-die.
Meanwhile, after the session, the Opposition parties asserted that they would continue their fight against corruption outside the House, while, the ruling party alleged that the Opposition parties failed to play their role.
Addressing a Press conference, Leader of the Opposition, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that the Opposition parties would continue the fight against corruption. He said that the Government failed to give satisfactory reply on the issue of corruption in NC Hills and in fact, efforts are being made to sweep the issue under the carpet. He said that the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) revealed corruption in all major departments of the Government. He alleged that the Speaker failed to play an impartial role.
Mission Ranjan Das (BJP) said that despite repeated demands, the Government failed to entrust the CBI with the responsibility of probing into all the scams in NC Hills. He asserted that his party would continue the fight against corruption in the days to come. Sirajuddin Ajmal (AIUDF), Drupad Borgohain (CPI), Uddhab Barman (CPM), Dr Aditya Langthasa (AIUDF) and Bhuban Pegu (Ind) also asserted that their parties would continue the fight against corruption.
The President of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the present Government is the most corrupt since independence. He said that if voted to power, the AGP would enact a special anti-corruption law.
Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bharat Chandra Narah said that the AGP has no moral right to talk about corruption. He alleged that in the last five years, the Opposition parties failed to play their role. In fact, the media played the role of opposition and pointed out the mistakes of the Government, he added.
Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said that the last session of the 12th Assembly should have ended in a cordial atmosphere but the Opposition disrupted the proceedings of the House. He said that the behaviour of the Opposition changed after Prafulla Kumar Mahanta became the Leader of the Opposition.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched an attack on the AGP and said that the regional party should make public the draft of its proposed anti-corruption Act. He said that the AGP should clarify whether the Act would remove the provision of seeking sanction from the Governor to prosecute the Chief Minister or a Minister. He said that secret killing would be an issue for the Congress in the election and alleged that major scams in green house and shallow tube well installation took place during the AGP regime. Replying to a question, he said that the CBI refused to accept the case regarding the scam in installation of shallow tube wells and the matter is now being investigated by the CID, while, the case regarding green house scam has not yet been closed.