MANGALDAI, Dec 21 - Controversy surrounded the opening of an authorised showroom-cum-sale centre of Hero Motorcycles here on Wednesday at Bhebarghat, when it could not sell any vehicle to customers, as it did not have the requisite permissions from the District Transport Authority to do the same.
It has been alleged that the business establishment owned by a senior leader of the State BJP was debarred from selling new vehicles by the District Transport Authority for not obtaining their requisite Trade Certificate and Trade License from it. On being approached by a section of mediapersons, the District Transport Officer (DTO), Darrang, Pabitra Baishya on Thursday afternoon confirmed the allegation against the said business establishment. He said that he has verbally instructed the establishment to stop selling any new vehicle and also not to start the workshop until they obtain the TC and TL which is a gross violation of the Motor Act and Rules.
On the other hand, although the owner of the business establishment was not available for comments, his close circle on being queried over phone replied that the showroom and the sale centre of Hero Motorcycles was only inaugurated, but had not started sales. The business establishment submitted the applications for necessary certificates and license to run the same, after the controversy came out in the open.
It may be mentioned here that the authorised showroom of Hero Motor Corp Limited (HMCL) was formally inaugurated by BK Sheela Behn of the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris in a ceremonial function in the presence of the officials of HMCL and the secretary of the Assam State Committee of the BJP-cum- owner of the unit, among others. Many distinguished guests including BJP MP Ramen Deka, Deputy Commissioner, Darrang Manoj Kumar and other senior officials of the district administration and the District Transport Authority, were invited to the function, but none of them attended the function having got wind of the controversy.