| Badruddin Ajmal |
Silchar, Jan. 24: AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal kicked off a novel campaign for the candidates of his party in the coming panchayat polls in Assam by getting them to take an oath that if elected, they would not indulge in any form of corruption.
Ajmal took part in well-attended poll rallies for his party in the Barak valley districts of Karimganj and Cachar today and yesterday, where he shepherded all his candidates to the podium, asking them to take the oath.
The Barak valley districts will go to the polls on February 12.
Ajmal read out his anti-graft message for the candidates yesterday at Sonai, Sonabarighat and Pailapool in Cachar district and at Jamira in Karimganj district today.
Reports trickling into the district headquarters town stated that the voters had enthusiastically clapped when Ajmal read out the anti-corruption oath. Ajmal singled out the ruling Congress in Assam for its role “in institutionalising corruption at the grassroots level” while addressing his string of meetings, where he repeatedly made it clear that his party “would not compromise with corruption” if it wrested the reins of the rural administration following the panchayat polls. The elections will be held in three phases from January 30.
The AIUDF chief also referred to last year’s communal riots in the BTAD in his poll campaign in Barak valley and accused the Congress of igniting such hate-based animosity between the indigenous people and the Muslims in these areas.
Ajmal regretted that in Cachar district rural plans such as the Indira Awas Yojana, MGNREGA, Kalpataru and backward region grant fund scheme have become cesspools of corruption during Congress rule.
He demanded the deployment of paramilitary forces in the minority belts in Barak districts during the panchayat poll campaigns, as he feared that the ruling party would try to “rig this rural poll”. He, however, remained silent allegations of “nomination for money” made by the Congress and other political parties against AIUDF leaders.