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Corruption-accused Assam politician seen sleeping on bed of notes

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Corruption-accused Assam politician seen sleeping on bed of notes

A photo went viral showing an Assamese politician, Benjamin Basumatary who is the chairman of the Village Council Development Committee in Bhairaguri in Udalgiri district sleeping on a pile of Rs 500 notes with some notes scattered on him as well.

According to sources, the Bodoland leader is accused in a corruption case linked to the Prime Minister’s housing scheme and the rural jobs scheme. He allegedly got bribes from the poor beneficiaries of the PMAY and MNREGA schemes under his VCDC in the Odalguri Development Zone, said sources. The picture has also sparked a backlash on social media and prompted queries if he is still a member of the Bodoland-based United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) which is known for its anti-corruption stance.

Pramod Boro, UPPL chief and the Chief Executive Member of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) then issued a clarification this morning on X, stating Mr Basumatary is no longer associated with the party.

In the post, Pramod Boro wrote, “A photo of Benjamin Basumatry is circulating widely on social media. We want to clarify that Mr. Basumatry is no longer associated with UPPL as he was suspended from the party on 10th January, 2024, and disciplinary action was taken against him after receiving a letter from the Harisingha Block Committee, UPPL on 5th January, 2024,” said Mr Boro.

“Additionally, the BTC Government suspended and removed him from the post of VCDC Chairman on 10th February, 2024. I urge all media outlets and social media users to refrain from linking Mr. Basumatry with UPPL. His actions are solely his own responsibility, and the party is not accountable for any of his personal acts,” he added.

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