Mohon Tisso

Sushanta Roy is a journalist in the north eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya, India, who photographs and writes about the people, animals and flora, and the things that affect them.

Diphu October 6: Political unrest targeting various institutions controlled by Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has exploded onto the scene in Karbi Anglong Autonomous district.

Beside the graft charge made against the Agriculture and Veterinary department by ‘United Farmers Committee’ (UFC) yesterday in a press conference in Diphu, another farmer’s body ‘Karbi Farmers Association’ organized a motorcycle rally from Diphu to Manja (a small shanty town 16 kilometers from Diphu) and submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Assam through the Block Development Officer of Lumbajung development block. The memorandum urged the Governor’s intervention to check unbridled corruption committed by non entrusted departments of KAAC such as Land Revenue.

The farmers body is complaining about irregularities in preparing voters lists, including deletion of names of genuine indigenous people. Massive abnormalities in the Khadi and Village Industries Board also featured in the memo submitted to the Governor.

Illegal Leases, Forest Destruction

The Memo expressed grave concern over the issue of land patta (periodic lease) to non indigenous people. This is unconstitutional in a 6th scheduled autonomous area. The memo also mentioned that massive destruction of reserve forest is continuing along with encroachment of land in bordering areas with Nagaland and Meghalaya. They also alleged that illegal settlers from neighbouring Nagaon district are encroaching on forest land of Karbi Anglong district.

To add woes to the ruling Congress, thousands of BJP activists staged a demonstration before the Rongkhang Block Development Office in West Karbi Anglong district yesterday demanding a CBI probe to unearth enormous corruption committed by the ruling Congress in Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council.

The BJP submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Assam, PB Acharya, demanding immediate dissolution of the KAAC and to eliminate dynastic politics of the ruling Congress. Several BJP activists based in Diphu, on condition of anonymity, told this correspondent that soon they will file separate Public Interest Litigation cases against top bureaucrats and those in public office allegedly involved in siphoning off thousand crores of public money from various government departments over the last 15 years.

No Confidence Motion

Amid all these actions, 11 Diphu Town Committee commissioners out of the 12 called for a no-confidence motion against the incumbent Chairman Mohonsing Tisso. An official letter to this effect duly signed by the 11 commissioners was given to the Secretary of the concerned department to bring the motion in the next DTC session.

“Chairman Mohonsing Tisso has failed on all fronts and we have lost confidence in his competency, the motion will have to be accepted to honor the democratic system of our country,” Pradip Teron, commissioner of ward no 8 said.

If the motion comes to a vote in the session, it is widely expected the Congress will lose control of the Diphu Town Committee.

Mohon Tisso
Mohon Tisso in his office