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Don't spare even me: CM

Sarbananda Sonowal

Guwahati: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday said investigating agencies had been given "full autonomy" to act tough against corruption.

"No one will be spared and our drive against corruption will continue. I have asked the investigating agencies to take action if they find anything wrong even against the chief minister. The drive against illegal appointments will continue to ensure that meritorious students are not deprived of jobs," Sonowal said after a meeting with senior police officers at his official residence here this morning.

Assam police had on Wednesday arrested 16 civil and police officers who were appointed by the Assam Public Service Commission allegedly in lieu of money. Two more officials were arrested on Thursday. A search is on for another seven.

"People have supported us in our fight against corruption. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has instructed us not to be lenient or tolerant towards corruption. We can bring in better governance by acting against corruption," he said.

Speaking at a public meeting at Bilasipara in Dhubri district, Sonowal said his aim was to ensure that benefits of government schemes reach all citizens without them having to pay a single penny as bribe to anyone. He said the previous Congress governments in the state had encouraged corruption by practising "give money and take work" policy but the scenario has changed under his government.

Additional reporting by Mukesh Kumar Singh in Dhubri

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