Guwahati, April 1: In the wake of the revelations of a BJP leader, Bhaba Goswami, on Monday that the party had a discussion with the NDFB factions in Bhalukpung for support, the Congress on Tuesday tried to exploit the situation by saying that in order to come to power the saffron party had been inking deals with militant groups in the Northeast. The Congress said that it was a threat to the functioning of democracy in the country. The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Tuesday wrote to the Election Commission that the BJP’s candidate from Tezpur, RP Sarmah, and the party’s representative in the constituency, Bhaba Goswami, should be brought under judicial custody because, as the Congress said, as per the provisions of the People’s Representation Act, no political party has any prerogative that can make an agreement or seek support of any extremist group.
Talking to mediapersons in Guwahati on Tuesday, APCC chief spokesperson Mehdi Alam Bora and general secretary Ranjan Bora said, ‘‘It is clear that in the Northeast the BJP has established ties with militant groups for the Lok Sabha polls. There is, in that sense, a compromise on the country’s sovereignty. From the statement of BJP leader Bhaba Goswami yesterday, it is clear that the BJP had a discussion with NDFB factions. At the same time, Niranjan Hojai, who was one of the top leaders of the DHD(J), joined the BJP recently. The DHD(J) was involved in the Rs 1,000-crore scam in NC Hills district. When riots took place in the BTAD in 2012, the BJP had joined hands with some militant groups. The nexus between political parties and militant groups in Assam is unfortunate and dangerous for Indian democracy.’’
The APCC has appealed to the people of the State not to vote for the BJP as the saffron party had compromised with the sovereignty of the nation. The APCC has also demanded that Assam BJP general secretary Vijay Gupta should be booked under the law of the land because ‘‘as per Bhaba Goswami’s statement, Gupta was also present at the BJP-NDFB meeting’’.
On the other hand, Congress candidate from Tezpur Bhupen Bora’s father Bogiram Bora filed a case at Biswanath Chariali police station against Vijay Gupta, RP Sarmah and Bhaba Goswami for their ‘‘attempt to kill his son by forging an alliance with NDFB factions’’.
Meanwhile, BJP MP from Guwahati Bijoya Chakravarty and party candidate from Tezpur RP Sarmah denied the allegations made by the Congress, saying that there was no discussion with any militant group in relation to the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. ‘‘If the State government has the courage, it should order a CBI probe into the whole matter,’’ said RP Sarmah.
The Chief Electoral Officer of the State has permitted RP Sarmah to go on with his campaign despite the case against him.
The NDFB(S), on the other hand, clarified that there was no nexus between it and the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls. ‘‘Our objective is not to participate in the cheapest Indian political system,’’ said BR Ferengga, a top leader of the NDFB(S).
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