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KMSS fumes over MLA role

- BJP legislator accused of malpractice

Dibrugarh, Feb. 9: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) staged a demonstration in front of Dibrugarh BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan’s residence in Milannagar at Sundarpur here today to protest against the alleged cancellation of his vote during the Rajya Sabha polls on Friday.

Around 200 activists of the organisation, carrying placards and banners, shouted slogans against the MLA and said Phukan had committed a grave political offence and that stringent measures should be taken against him at the earliest.

One of the activists said the KMSS would continue its fight against every other MLA who is found involved in “horse-trading” and alleged that the BJP MLA is one of them.

Addressing the rally, KMSS leader of Dibrugarh unit, Kumud Gogoi, said, “Phukan has done something that is really disgraceful and that he has to come back with answers regarding the rejection of vote.”

Gogoi added that Independent candidate Haidar Hussain was an ideal choice and an individual of such aptitude and insight could have really given a meaning to the existing political scenario with his entry to Rajya Sabha. “It was a deliberate and premeditated action on the part of the BJP leader.”

The organisation alleged that Phukan might have come to some “secret dealings” with the ruling Congress and thereby playing with the sentiments of the people of Assam, which is unacceptable.

The activists threatened to raise their voice against each and every leader whose involvement in political malpractice comes under their scanner. They said such unholy alliance is totally unacceptable and intolerable.

The KMSS activists also threatened widespread agitation in days to come against such “shameless” politics and the alleged involvement of MLAs in horse-trading during elections.

During the demonstration, the effigy of the MLA was burnt, which later resulted into an altercation between the activists and police personnel who tried to intervene and douse the fire.

The Congress-BPF alliance candidates — Sanjay Singh, Bhubaneswar Kalita and Biswajit Daimary — were elected to Rajya Sabha.

Singh and Kalita received 32 votes each to get elected while Daimary received 29 votes. Independent candidate and journalist Haidar Hussain, supported by the Opposition, received 26 votes. Of the 126 Assam MLAs, six votes were cancelled while one AIUDF legislator was absent during the voting.

Prasanta Phukan told The Telegraph that he was shocked and hurt to see the KMSS gheraoing his house over alleged horse-trading in Rajya Sabha elections. “I have decided to approach Gauhati High Court with a plea to instruct the Election Commission to see whether my vote was cancelled or not. How did the KMSS come to know that my vote was cancelled and I did not vote for Haidar Hussain since the election was conducted under the secret ballot?” Phukan asked.