Guwahati, June 7: The AGP today demanded the state government to publish a white paper on Maoist activities in the state.
The demand of the state’s largest regional party has come at a time the Centre and Dispur are in two minds regarding links of the Maoists with Ulfa.
While Union home minister P. Chidambaram earlier denied Maoists link with Ulfa, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday countered Chidambaram’s opinion.
“The state government should publish a white paper on the activities of different organisations in the state to let people know about the Maoist activities,” AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta told reporters at the party head office here.
Security forces gunned down four Maoists in a village under Sadiya subdivision in Tinsukia district, on May 9. On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested another Maoist leader Pallab Borbora from Merapani in Golaghat district.
Gogoi earlier approached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram seeking special fund allocation for development activities in seven Maoist-affected districts of Assam.
Mahanta said there was no reason for the state government to rejoice at receiving Rs 10,500 crore Plan allocation for this year although it was nearly 16 per cent more than last year’s. He said many states received more allocation than Assam despite the fact that some of them have less population than Assam.
Mahanta pointed out fund allocation of the following states:
Gujarat — Rs 51,000 crore
Andhra Pradesh — Rs 48,935 crore
Maharashtra — Rs 45,000 crore
Karnataka — Rs 42,030 crore
Rajasthan — Rs 33,500 crore, n Tamil Nadu — Rs 28,000 crore
West Bengal — Rs 25,910 crore
Chhattisgarh — Rs 23,000 crore
Odisha — Rs 17,250 crore
Kerala — Rs 14,010 crore
Punjab — Rs 14,000 crore
“There is no reason for the state government to be happy about the allocation. We do not understand how the state government can claim it as its success. Even states like Punjab and Chhattisgarh which have less population than Assam received more funds allocation,” said Mahanta.
The AGP leader said Assam did not receive much funds allocation because of its failure to use the Rs 9,000 crore it received during the last financial year.
“In 11 months (till February), the state government used only 44 per cent of the Rs 9,000 crore which was granted during the last financial year. But, how did it spend the remaining Rs 5,600 crore within one month?” he asked.
Mahanta said the AGP would be “happy” to see a person of indigenous community from the Northeast as the President of the country.
He, however, refrained from mentioning the name of P.A. Sangma or any other leader.
“Till now there has not been a question for us to support or oppose anyone for the President’s post. But we will be happy to see a person from the indigenous communities as the President of the country,” said Mahanta.