Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary. (File image)

Assam industry and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary on Monday said that the Assam government will soon approach CBI once again for taking up the investigation of syndicates in Assam.

Patowary’s reaction came a day after Nowgong Lok Sabha MP Pradyut Bordoloi had alleged that the office of the chief minister is running and controlling the syndicates in the state.

“There is no syndicate now. The Congress is frustrated and so they are trying to politicize the issue. The BJP led government in Assam had ordered a CBI probe into the allegations of syndicate just two months after taking charge. The government has also requested the CBI to take up the investigation regarding the syndicate,” Patowary said in a press conference here.

Patowary said that the BJP led government had in 2018-19 financial year seized 300 trucks carrying illegal coal and arrested 100 people for their involvement in the illegal trade of coal. In this current month alone, our government has seized 450 cattle bound for smuggling and arrested 55 people for their involvement in the illegal trade,” he said.

Patowary further said that the police have also arrested the kingpin of cattle smuggling Sarfaraj from Golapganj area of Bihar on Sunday and he is being brought to Assam,” Patowary said adding that  several people including government officers have been arrested in the past for their involvement in corruption after the new government took over.

The industry minister also dared the Lok Sabha MP and former minister in the Congress led government to answer regarding the irregularities during the Congress tenure where seven lakh ghost children were detected as beneficiaries of schemed under the social welfare department.

“Bordoloi was a powerful minister during the Congress tenure holding important portfolios like industry, forests and even home. I want to ask him if he will take responsibility for the irregularities during the Congress tenure where 3.5 lakh ration poor people were deprived of the benefit of ration card and were allotted to well of people?” he said.

Patowary also dared Bordoloi to take responsibility for the irregularity that occurred during the Congress tenure where 4.5 lakh fake job cards were issued to people with sound financial background.

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