| Tamang addresses the crowd. Picture by Suman Tamang
Darjeeling, Aug. 11: With Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee ruling out immediate handing over of the multi-crore Sarva Siksha Abhiyan scam to the CBI, the ABGL has decided to file a PIL with the Supreme Court on the issue.
Currently, the SSA scam is being probed by the CID, and with the chief minister expressing satisfaction at progress in the investigation, there is little hope of the state government handing over the case to the CBI.
Madan Tamang, president, ABGL, however, said: “We will ensure that the CBI takes up the case. We have started collecting donations to go to the Supreme Court and very soon our volunteers will be coming to you with coupons of Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 15 and Rs 100. Please donate generously as this is an issue that concerns us all”.
The ABGL leader was addressing a public meeting at Chowk Bazar where he spoke for almost two hours, his speech laced with innuendoes that had the crowd in splits.
“The GNLF is claiming that the Sixth Schedule is similar to the Bodo Territorial Council. This is like saying my horse is like a donkey. You should not be fooled by the donkey that they are bringing in,” said Tamang.
Taking a dig at “democrat Buddhadeb”, Tamang said: “A democracy is incomplete without an Opposition. So what kind of democracy is he talking about when he does not recognise the Opposition that has won the elections in all the urban pockets'”
The ABGL leader also challenged the recent agreement reached between Ghisingh, Asok Bhattacharya and the government in Calcutta on July 3. “Ghisingh is no longer the representative of the people. His mandate expired in 2004 and he is now the appointee of the state government. The only representatives of the hill people are the MPs and the MLAs. Why was Dawa Narbula not made a signatory to the deal'” he asked.
Meanwhile, the next hearing for the defamation case filed by A.R. Dewan against Tamang, will be on August 25, said Taranga Pandit, the lawyer of the GNLF leader.