DIBRUGARH, July 6 - Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday demanded enquiry into the alleged deposits of about Rs 350 crore during the demonetisation in the Assam Cooperative Apex Bank, of which BJP leader Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma is the chairman and also of the reported deposit of money worth about Rs 750 crore in the Allahabad District Cooperative Bank where the BJP national president Amit Shah is the Director.
Addressing newsmen at Rajiv Bhawan here on Thursday, the former Chief Minister said that the non-BJP leaders have been subjected to immediate enquiry on mere allegation and charges but why are they refusing to initiate enquiry against their own men. �If they are honest, let them prove it by initiating enquiry against these alleged bank scams. Let them also arrest the brother of deposed APSC chairman Rakesh Pal. Why are they not looking for the brother of the key accused who reportedly is involved in facilitating the racket? We suspect that his arrest will bring to light their connection with the scam. Again why are they sitting silent on the Louis Berger scam and the alleged link of their minister with Delhi-based Anuj Poddar?� asked Gogoi.
The former Chief Minister further said that BJP speaks about a corruption-free government but they refuse to disclose their source of money to the people. �In the last four years, where did they get all the money for their party? How could they build a huge party office complex. Where from are they getting so much money for using helicopters? In the last two years after Sarbananda Sonowal became the Chief Minister, how much fund and from where did the State BJP collect fund for the party, let them disclose,� said Gogoi.
Gogoi further called upon the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to live up to the expectations of the people. �The people have reposed their faith on him. He must speak up and not pretend to be dumb. At this crucial time, when people have united against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and when Chief Ministers of neighbouring States have opposed the Bill, Sonowal must also speak up. If he fails to raise his voice for the interest of the State, people will not forgive him,� added Gogoi.