Guwahati, Sept. 13: Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today said the defeat of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)-backed candidates in various college and university elections has proved that the youth of Assam have lost faith in the BJP.
Gogoi made the statement a day after the election result of Post Graduate Students Union of Gauhati University where ABVP-backed candidates managed to win only two seats. In Dibrugarh University election on September 7, ABVP won only one post.
"Assamese youth are gradually losing faith in the BJP. All now understand the gimmickry of Narendra Modi and the BJP. Religious politics will not last in Assam. From ancient times, people of different religions and cultures lived in this place in peace and harmony. But ABVP tried to destroy the integrity. So they were ignored by the youth. It is a very good sign for Assamese society."
Congratulating the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) for its huge victory in various college and university elections, Gogoi said, "AASU has continuously raised its voice on every issue and against all forces which tried to harm us. So, the youth of Assam always support the organisation. I congratulate AASU."
The former chief minister reiterated his demand for a "proper investigation" into the Louis Berger scam and suspension of a cabinet minister, who is allegedly involved in it.
"The high court is not satisfied with the CID inquiry into the scam. Now, the court has directed to hand over the probe to the CBI.I demand the suspension of the minister concerned who is allegedly linked with the scam. The allegation against the minister was first labelled by Sarbananda Sonowal himself. At that time he accused me that as the chief minister, I was giving protection to the allegedly involved minister. But now Sonowal is the chief minister, that particular person is a minister in his cabinet. He should nail the minister now which he I could not do," he added.
Gauhati High Court recently ordered a CBI probe into the scam, saying the CID had had been conducting the investigation in a partisan manner.
"The CID is under the state government and as high-ranking officials were involved in awarding contracts after taking bribes, we are of the view that the CID is not in a position to act independently to bring the investigation to a logical conclusion," the court order said.
The alleged scam had taken place during the tenure of Gogoi as chief minister when Himanta Biswa Sarma was the Guwahati development department minister.
Criticizing the recent price hike of essential commodities, Gogoi said: "It is because of wrong decisions of the Narendra Modi government, prices of essential commodities is increasing everyday. Modi has failed to curb the price hike. One of the main reasons for price hike is the tax reforms by the Centre. Many loopholes have remained in the new tax system which is affecting the general public severely."
Gogoi praised Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his speech at University of California, Berkeley. "Rahul Gandhi is capable of leading and represents India. Yesterday, he proved it with his speech. The BJP targets him because he has the capability to defeat the BJP," Gogoi said.
Alleging deteriorating law and order in Assam, Gogoi said, "Now women of the state are no more safe to go outside. People face atrocities everywhere. Chief minister Sonowal is so weak that even bureaucrats do not respond favourably to his orders. No probe report on the Lafikul Islam murder has so far been submitted to the government by the assigned officials."