Veteran Cong leader blames state cricket association for no-show during India-Sri Lanka T20I match in Guwahati on Sunday; demands investigation into episode
Guwahati: Former Assam chief minister and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Monday took a jibe at the apex cricket body of the state, Assam Cricket Association (ACA), for its failure to organise the T20I match between Indian and Sri Lanka at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati on Sunday evening.
Addressing media persons at his official residence, Gogoi demanded a proper investigation into the alleged apathy of the organisers and sought for the immediate resignation of the ACA members.
“I demand a proper investigation into the obnoxious incident and immediate resignation of members of Assam Cricket Association,” Gogoi said.
Taking a dig at the BJP-led government at Centre and state, Gogoi expressed that it was indeed a shameful incident on the part of the state administration who desperately failed to organise an international cricket match smoothly at a time when the chief minister announced that Guwahati will be transformed into a sports capital.
“BJP has not constructed a single stadium of the state till date. All the venues where international and national games are held today were constructed by the Congress government. The ruling party can’t even organise an international cricket match in a smooth manner,” Gogoi said.
Reacting to the shocking attack on students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), allegedly made by goons of BJP’s student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the senior Congress leader said that the incident itself highlights the government’s role in spreading and funding violence across the country.
“There is a well-built threat to intellectual and senior citizens across the country who are protesting against Citizenship (Amendment) Act and it is created and imposed under the leadership of Union Home Minister Amit Shah,” Gogoi added.
Revealing the Congress’ stand on the special state assembly session to be held on January 13, Gogoi informed that the party will stand firm on their demands for complete implementation of Assam Accord, word by word, on that day.