RTI activist cautions people against 'corrupt' leaders

GUWAHATI: Peasant leader and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi on Sunday appealed to the people of the state to not be fooled by the lures of some "corrupt politicians" in the run-up to the assembly elections.

"Many corrupt politicians are in the fray. They will try to influence people with their black money. We request people not to be fooled by them," the general secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS) told newspersons here.

Akhil said KMSS would soon approach the Election Commission of India with an appeal to deal firmly with politicians and ministers who were facing corruption charges.

He alleged that some ministers in the state "have been earning huge amount of money illegally during the rule of Congress and they will use the black money to win the elections". He added, "Some ministers have enough wealth to influence people."

The RTI activist accused chief minister Tarun Gogoi of not doing enough to stop corruption in the state.

"The chief minister on various occasions has conceded to corruption in the state. But we have not yet seen him taking stern steps to curb the menace. He also did not take any step against ministers who facing corruption charges," he said.

Vowing to launch a vigorous campaign against corruption, Akhil said the electorate should be aware and not get influenced by the promises of politicians.