GUWAHATI: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi asked former state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to clarify why the BJP government during Sonowal’s tenure did not act upon the cow and drugs mafias in the state.
Addressing the media on Monday, Gogoi said that the ongoing police operation against drugs and cattle syndicates and mafias have proved the failure of the previous Sonowal government.
He said, “The cold war between the present and the former chief minister is out in open now. We appreciate the police action upon the illegal syndicates in the state but at the same time it proves that the previous Sonowal government did not act on them. The former chief minister must answer why.”
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora also demanded a high level probe on the cattle and drug rackets in the state.
The Congress leader also demanded the present state government led by Himanta Biswa Sarma to clarify its stand on the evaluation modalities of the high school leaving certificate (HSLC), high madrassa and higher secondary (HS) exams.
Gogoi alleged, “At the time when many states have successfully conducted the board exams and those who could not came up with a definite evaluation formula, the state government here has been putting the students under tremendous mental pressure. While it took a long time to decide whether to hold or cancel the exams, it’s yet to clarify its stand on the clause 5 of the modalities. While the education minister says that the evaluation marksheet will not be accepted for government jobs, the chief minister says that it will be accepted in all government jobs but TET qualifications. The students are once again left in confusion.”
Meanwhile, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has announced a series of protests in the state starting from July 7 to July 17 against rocketing price rise of petroleum products and essential commodities.
Starting from block level protests across the state, Assam Congress has announced to hold a protest rally with all its top leaders in Guwahati on July 17. APCC will also launch a signature campaign against price rise.