The state’s water resources minister, Rajib Lochan Pegu, admitted at a public meeting in Majuli that lots of Congressmen in the island were forced to pay the militant group out of fear. Pegu said that “Even I had to pay them up. I did this out of fear.”
An angry CM Tarun Gogoi said that a minister completed such words did not deserve to be a minister.
Gogoi said that “I don’t know what exactly he had said. But if he indeed said so, he did a wrong and doesn’t deserve to be a minister.” His comments assume significance given a possible cabinet reorganize. It is speculated that the minister would be dropped.
Opposition party Asom Gana Parishad also took strong exception to the minister’s assertion.
A spokesperson of party said that “We demand legal action against the minister after his public admission about paying money to a terror organisation.”
The BJP said it was evident from the minister’s comments that the Congress in the state was hand in glove with the militants.
The Assam Public Works, an NGO, asked the government to prove its honesty by taking action against the minister.
APW leader Abhijit Sarma said that “It is established once more that Congress grabs power by paying up the Ulfa and taking its help.”