The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that permission from the state government for a CBI inquiry into alleged corruption in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) is not required as the government has only limited authority over the district councils.
The BJP’s state Vice-President Bernard N Marak said this in response to District Council Affairs Minister Lahkmen Rymbui, who told the media that the government was not keen on a CBI inquiry as the GHADC’s accounts are periodically audited by the central government.
“Lahkhmen Rymbui should understand that the state has no authority to allow or oppose a CBI investigation where central government funds are involved,” Marak said in a press release today. “The state government should refrain from trying to distract the minds of the public by interfering in the CBI inquiry in the GHADC. District councils are autonomous bodies which do not fall under the state government.”
He also claimed that there is a “big conspiracy” aimed at crippling the BJP from revealing more corruption in the state.
“We are filing RTIs after RTIs to track down implementation of BJP sponsored central schemes in the state,” Marak said. “The people involved in corruption are so powerful that they are hiring ex-terrorists to threaten BJP leaders in Garo Hills. We have filed FIRs against these political gundas but unemployed youths fall prey to them.”
Marak accused these goons of igniting communal conflict between the smaller tribes and the Garos.
“They kidnap, assault and extort but police are helpless as political leaders are protecting these political goons. These people are very active in social media using fake accounts and posting communal posts with motives to ignite communal disharmony among their followers. Such trend will further destroy Garo Hills especially youths. BJP will not stop fighting corruption no matter how hard it is,” he stated.