Gogoi claims ULFA will help BJP, AGP in polls

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi claimed that the BJP and AGP had links with the Paresh Barua faction of the ULFA and the latter would support the two parties during the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2011, 22:55 PM IST

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on Friday claimed that the BJP and AGP had links with the
Paresh Barua faction of the ULFA and the latter would support
the two parties during the forthcoming Assembly elections.

"The ULFA has issued direct threat to Congress and its
members and asked the people of Assam not to vote for us. This
clearly indicates that the Paresh Barua faction is indirectly
extending support to the BJP and AGP," Gogoi told reporters.

The chief minister, however, asserted that the party
was not bothered about such threats as they were used to
getting it even in the past and it made no difference to their
electoral prospects.

The Paresh Barua led faction had issued threats to
Congress MLAs and the party`s assembly election candidates and
claimed responsibility for the IED explosion at the state
Congress headquarters here March 14.

Gogoi said he was confident in Congress returning to
power and become the single largest party after the two-phase
polling to be held on April four and 11.

"The so-called intelligence reports quoted by the BJP
claiming it will come to power has no basis. I have my own
assessment and we will form the next government," he said.

The Chief Minister alleged that when the BJP led NDA
government was at the Centre, it did great injustice to the
people of Assam. "Not to speak about big projects, not one
medium project was not granted to the state though it was
passing through an economic crisis due to AGP misgovernance."

The 11th Finance Commission had granted only Rs 13,280
crore when the AGP was in power in the state and the NDA was
at the Centre but now Assam was getting Rs 57,832.70 crore
under the 13th Finance Commission, he said.

Gogoi said the BJP was bringing up the issue of
corruption in North Cachar hills but when the fund diversion
scam took place, the AGP-ASDC combine was ruling the North
Cachar Autonomous Hills Council.

"The BJP and its allies are now trying to divert the
attention of the people by making false and baseless
allegations but the people of Assam will reject their
nefarious designs," Gogoi added.

PTI