Guwahati: Prominent citizens`
organisations of Assam have come together to form a platform
to launch a campaign for good governance prior to the
two-phase assembly polls in April.
Alleging the parliamentary democracy was being
`denigrated` by almost all political parties in the state, the
Convenor of the campaign and former Director General of Police
Harekrishna Deka termed the situation as a matter of grave
concern resulting in the imperative need to launch a campaign
for good governance.
Deka alleged that criminals and corrupt people have
thronged the parties and the reign of money and muscle power
were ruling everywhere.
The organisations also planned a mobilisation of
citizens on April 2 to make the common man aware of their
"We are just asking them (people) to be aware of their
political parties...and we appeal to the masses not to be
tempted by the false promise of the politicians," he added.
A conscious citizen should under no circumstances
vote for a candidate who is known to be corrupt, even if no
specific case is pending against him and people should not
vote for a person who is chargesheeted for a serious criminal
offence, Deka said.
The platform consists of Assam Nagarik Samaj,
Abhijatri, Action Aid, North East Network, Anwesha, Guwahati
Press Club, Greater Guwahati Citizens` Coordination Committee,
North Eastern Social Research Centre, lawyers of Guwahati High
Court and students` of Cotton College and Gauhati University.