New Delhi: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi in an interview to a national daily has alleged that former Eastern Army Command Chief General VK Singh advised him 'financial payments to insurgents'.
Singh is presently the minister of state for external affairs in the NDA government. Gogoi's allegation came ahead of the assembly polls scheduled for April-May in the northeastern state.
"What advice is the question...some financial payments. How could I give it? His advice was not to deal firmly (with insurgents). His advice was different," Gogoi said.
The CM said he had refused to accept the advice.
"Wild suggestions but I didn't want it. Frankly, he suggested that they can be bought back…Nobody can be bought. What's the use of giving it (money to insurgents)? Now he will deny…that’s why I am not talking about the financial part …" Gogoi said in his interview.