Guwahati, March 10: The ruling Congress in poll-bound Assam will have to face the challenge from a non-political leader campaigning against the government ahead of the Assembly elections.
RTI activist and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who is single-handedly spearheading an anti-corruption crusade, is all set to launch a massive pre-poll campaign across the state to sensitise voters against the “massive corruption” by the government.
As part of the campaign to be launched on March 16, Gogoi will organise at least two public meetings in each constituency and highlight the massive corruption allegedly taking place in each government department, besides the government’s failure to take action against those involved.
Gogoi, also the general secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS), today said: “Our pre-poll campaign is against the Tarun Gogoi-led government to make sure that it does not come back to power again. We will organise public meetings, hold rallies and take out processions to sensitise our voters about how the Congress government has looted public money sanctioned under various schemes and yet it failed to act against corruption.”
During the anti-Congress campaign, the KMSS will highlight the alleged corruption in implementation of public distribution system, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), national rural job scheme, scam in the Dima Hasao (formerly NC Hills) district and alleged involvement of ministers and officials in it.
“From 2006 onwards we carried out social audits using the RTI Act in different departments and exposed the massive corruption in the implementation of PDS and NREGS, but the Congress took no action against the corrupt officials. Our RTI applications brought to light how health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma possessed assets disproportionate to his income.
“We proved with certified documents how he was involved in land grabbing in Kaziranga National Park but Tarun Gogoi took no action so far. Instead, the chief minister was openly admitting that corruption was taking place. So we have decided to carry out acampaign against the government before elections,” the RTI activist said.
Criticising the Opposition parties, Akhil Gogoi said: “We brought to light the massive corruptions by the government, but our Opposition parties have failed to take advantage.”
“The Gogoi government is inviting big corporates to hand over our natural resources and a huge sum coming to the state in the wake of globalisation is being eaten up by ministers and corrupt officers,” he said.
As a curtain-raiser to the pre-poll campaign, KMSS is organising a three-day convention from Friday to Sunday at Doyang in Golaghat district where farmers are fighting for land rights. “During our convention, eminent activists like Medha Patkar of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Magsaysay awardee Arvin Kejriwal, forest right leaders Ashok Choudhury and Roma Choudhury and anti-dam movement leader from Himachal Pradesh, Guman Singh, will be present,” Gogoi said.