File photo of Congress leaders Ripun Bora and Gaurav Gogoi

Opposition Congress in Assam has raised questions on the sudden drive of the BJP-led government in the state against drugs and cow syndicates and alleged that these syndicates were operating in the state during the previous BJP government.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ripun Bora questioned chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s sudden drives against drugs and syndicates only after taking office of the chief minister while choosing to overlook these issues earlier.

“CM Sarma said that Assam does a business of Rs 1000 crore per month from cow syndicate. During Sarbananda Sonowal’s government, Congress raised many questions on the various syndicates operating in Assam, but the government denied them. Surely the illegal business of cow trade and drugs did not start only in the last two months. It is obvious that such illegal activities were going on during the previous BJP government. So, what stopped the present CM from acting then?” Bora said addressing a press conference in Guwahati.

“We appreciate the government’s drive against syndicates and drugs but would like to know why the steps are being taken only after Himanta Biswa Sarma became the chief minister. Why no steps were taken earlier. Sarma should not take credit for all these drives. Rather, the fact that the Congress party was raising the issue of illegal cow smuggling for a long time has been validated,” said Member of Parliament Gaurav Gogoi.

Congress slams govt for confusion on board exams

The opposition has also questioned the evaluation process for Class 10 and Class 12 board examinations.

Bora said that while education minister Ranoj Pegu had announced that the assessment-based marksheets will not be considered eligible for applying in several government jobs, CM Sarma later discarded the statement and clarified that the said marksheets will be accepted for all government recruitments except for the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) examination.

“Their recent announcements and decisions display their complete lack of sincerity and sensitivity about the future of students. The controversial and mismatched statements of the education minister and the chief minister have further compounded and confused the students, parents, and guardians,” said Bora.

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