Under fire from the Opposition for allegedly violating the model code of conduct,Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Saturday that he had not received any Notice or letter from the Election Commission concerning the issue where he “took money from the tea lobby for the upcoming Lok sabha elections.”
“EC has given me no notice or letter till now. I have not received any communication so far.I don’t know if it will come later”,Gogoi told reporters here when asked if he got a notice or letter from the EC.
Gogoi had recently at a press meet “acknowledged that he had gone to collect money from the tea industry for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections asserting that all parties take money for polls.”
The opposition BJP and AGP in a complaint to Election Commissioner Navin Chawla during his visit here this week had submitted a CD of the Chief Minister’s “acknowledgement” of taking money from the tea lobby.
The two parties had complained that Gogoi had violated the model code of conduct by misusing his power of chief minister to collect money for the Congress party in Kolkata.
To a query on the arrest of the two Independent MLAs,Jiten Gogoi and Kushal Deuri,who had assaulted two senior forest department officials in the Kaziranga National Park on March 17,Gogoi said,”according to police they are absconding and they are looking for the two MLAs”.
Asked if action was not taken against the two offenders as his brother Deep Gogoi was contesting from their area,Gogoi said,”their voters have voted for them (MLAs) previously and no vote will be cast on their command”.
The two surrendered ULFA-turned independent MLAs had assaulted two forest officials after they prevented the duo from fishing inside the animal sanctuary,which is home to the highly endangered one-horned rhinos and is a World Heritage site.