GUWAHATI, Feb 27 � The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of All Adivasi Students� Association of Assam (AASAA) president Bosco Chermaco and expressed its apprehension about more violent developments in the State in the run-up to the Assembly elections.
Slamming the ruling Congress in the State for its anti-Adivasi stand, national general secretary of the party Vijay Goel said that during the Congress regime, the State has drifted into a condition of lawlessness and the police has failed to protect the common people.
�The Congress government has reduced the police force to a political tool of the party, thereby making it a demoralized and ineffective force in tackling law and order. It is really shocking that hardcore criminals are provided with VIP security by the State government and the common men on the street are left without security of life and property,� said Goel.
Goel said that the heinous murder of the Adivasi student leader should be taken as a warning and that the Election Commission too should take the developments in the State into account to prevent a violence-ridden election in Assam. He accused the Congress government of resorting to blackmailing of the ceasefire militant groups and trying to use the groups in its favour in the Assembly elections.
The senior BJP leader also demanded that investigation be carried out to ascertain the �role� of then C-in-C of Kobra militant group, Kanhu Murmu, who has been appointed as the chief of the Adivasi Autonomous Council, in the killing incident.
On the other hand, referring to the eviction of Adivasis in Lungsung in Kokrajhar, Goel said that the Congress government has always been apathetic towards the Adivasis.
Goel said that if the BJP gets a popular mandate in the coming Assembly elections, it would rehabilitate the evicted Adivasis and also ensure that they got legal ownership of land.
Goel announced that the BJP would not give tickets to candidates with criminal background unlike the Congress which had many leaders, MLAs and even ministers with criminal background. �The BJP never believes in criminalization of politics,� said Goel.