Opp flays Govt for dissolving GMC council
By A City Correspondent
GUWAHATI, May 30 – The opposition parties including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the AGP (P), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh, the NCP and the TGP on Friday castigated the ruling Congress Government for dissolving the council of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and extended solidarity to the Birodhi Aikya Mancha, the forum of the opposition councillors by participating in a demonstration held by the Mancha. A sit-in-demonstration was organized by the Mancha today to protest against the dissolution of the council and alleged authoritarian attitude of the Congress Government. The protest programme was supported by the opposition political parties.
The council was dissolved after a dramatic enmasse resignation of the Congress councillors including Mayor Dolly Borah although the dates of the Mayoral elections were announced officially.
The AGP while regretting the move as totally undemocratic, alleged that the Congress was on the lookout for ways and means to strengthen its coffers before the coming parliamentary elections and by dissolving the elected council, the Congress Government had exposed its intention to siphon funds earmarked for urban development for the purpose of electioneering.
AGP general secretary Dilip Saikia who participated in the sit-in-demonstration accused the Congress of trying to divert Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) funds to its own coffers. “There was no logic behind dissolution of the council. It simply exposes the sham and corruption of the Congress,” said Saikia.
The State BJP said that the woes of the citizens have been multiplying on account of the financial crunch of the GMC for which the Congress Government was entirely responsible. “The Government owes around Rs 180 crore to the civic body,” said the BJP functionaries.
On the other hand, the opposition councilors alleged that the Government has been flouting the directives of the Central Government regarding the JNNURM projects, which will ultimately deprive Guwahati of a major share to the tune of Rs 2828 crore earmarked for urban development. “Because of the irregularities of the State Government, Guwahati has just managed to get Rs 372 crore of the total Rs 3200 crore under the JNNURM,” said councilors Prabhat Das of AGP and Gopal Patowary of BJP alleging that as the Government wanted no prying eyes into the matter of how it had utilized the Rs 372 crore, the council was dissolved.