Gogoi admits receiving poll-funds from tea industry

March 18th, 2009 - 11:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Guwahati, March 18 (IANS) Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday admitted that he had received money from the tea industry to fund the Congress party’s election campaign.
“Yes, I admit I have received money by cheque for the elections. I think there is no harm in that… why are the opposition parties so perturbed. If they (opposition) have not taken from others how can they run the campaign… do they have their own money,” the chief minister told journalists here.

Gogoi was responding to charges by the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) that he was in Kolkata earlier this week to seek funds from the tea industry for the elections.

“Everybody needs money for the elections and we also did it… I am telling you we have received the money by cheque,” a visibly angry chief minister said.

Claiming that the Congress party would fare better this time than it did in the 2004 elections, Gogoi said no other party could realize the aspirations of the people of Assam.

“It is only the Congress party that really cares for Assam. I am confident that we are going to perform better than the last parliamentary polls,” the chief minister said.

The Congress won nine of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam in the 2004 polls, while an independent MP from the state later extended support to the United Progressive Alliance government at the centre. The AGP and the Bharatiya Janata Party won two seats each.

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