Dismissing reports in certain section of media about Arunachal Pradesh BJP President Tapir Gao being detained at Gauhati Airport in connection with carrying huge cash, the state BJP termed the media report as unfounded and politically motivated.
Gao denied travelling with huge cash. “I was carrying some cash for my personal expenditure with valid documents and officials were satisfied and allowed me to proceed further,’ said Gao who reached Itanagar the very same day on which incident reportedly took place.
‘Tapir Gao, President of BJP, Arunachal Pradesh travelling from Imphal to Gauhati, was neither arrested nor detained for interrogation as reported,’ said General Secretary Biu Ram Waghe while adding, no CISF or Assam Police personnel were present.
Acknowledging that Gao carried his personal cash, Waghe explained, ‘Income tax officials at Gauhati had no business since Arunachal Pradesh is a scheduled area and Gao is exempted from any income tax as per the law.’
Sniffing political motive behind spread of such news, Waghe questioned, ‘Assam is not an election bound state so why didn’t Manipur airport officials act rather than tipping Gauhati Airport?’
‘Rattled by five hard hitting rallies done by Tapir Gao in four days, whatever happened is a handy work of some Congress stooge,’ said Waghe while adding that Gao, who had been in charge of Manipur BJP for 11 years; and during the recent election rallies, Gao had called Manipur Congress Chief Minister Ibobi Singh as “Chief Of All Militant Organisations and most corrupted leader”.