Mahanta seeks special audits of council funds

Guwahati, Dec. 14 : Two-time Assam chief minister and leader of the Opposition Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today demanded special audits by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of the funds meant for Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).

Mahanta suspected that there were largescale financial anomalies in the two autonomous councils.

“The CAG special audits in the NC Hills Autonomous Council exposed largescale irregularities of funds meant for development purposes and we suspect that there are similar scams taking place in the Bodo and Karbi Anglong councils. Media reports have repeatedly shown several irregularities in the functioning of the two autonomous councils,” Mahanta said at a news conference.

He said even the leader of Bodoland People’s Progressive Front, Rabiram Narzary, suspected misuse of funds in BTC. “We strongly demand special CAG audits,” he said.

“The state government’s nexus with the militants is clear from the fact that the government is giving protection to two dreaded DHD militant leaders — Niranjan Hojai and Jewel Gorlosa. While Hojai is being given royal treatment inside Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Garlosa is being kept in a special cell of Assam police. We demand clarification on why the duo are not in jail,” he said.

The AGP and Mahanta have demanded Gogoi’s resignation over the Rs 1,000-crore scam in the NC Hills.

Mahanta also criticised Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s comment on the aex-Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare saying that Singh played communal politics card ahead of his visit to Assam. “Congress has always played communal politics and Digvijay did it again before his visit to the state,” Mahanta said.