Battle for Assam: PM Modi, Rahul campaign in full swing

RSTV Bureau
Kamalpur: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi felicitated with traditional Assamese Japi during an election rally in kamalpur near Guwahati on Friday. PTI Photo

Kamalpur: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi felicitated with traditional Assamese Japi during an election rally in kamalpur near Guwahati on Friday. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi held multiple rallies in Assam on Friday ahead of the second phase of polling in Assam which takes place on April 11.

Gandhi today attacked the Prime Minister accusing him of making ‘big promises’ on bringing back black money. He questioned why PM Modi did not order a probe into the Panama Papers scandal in which Chattisgarh chief minister’s son’s name is featured.

“The Panama Papers have been leaked and many names have been mentioned about black money kept in Panama. It has also mentioned that Chattisgarh chief minister’s son Abhishek Singh has account in Panama,” Gandhi said while addressing a Congress poll rally here for the second phase of Assam Assembly election on April 11.

“Modi makes big promises to you about bringing back black money kept abroad. He should have at least said why no investigation has been ordered into the featuring of the chief minister’s son name in them,” Gandhi lashed out.

He then went on to slam the government for failing to bring back defaulters like former IPL chief Lalit Modi and liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

“Recently Jaitley brought a new ‘Fair and Lovely scheme’ whereby any gangster, goon, drug dealer can make their black money white by just taking it to the government and paying minimal tax on it,” said Gandhi while claiming that the Modi government was not taking action against black money hoarders.

“None of the Indians have received the Rs 15 lakh of that money in their bank accounts as assured by Modi,” Gandhi said.

While wooing voters, Gandhi also accused the BJP of indulging in divisive politics.

Nowagaon: Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated with traditional Assamese Japi during an election rally at Raha in Nowagaon district of Assam on Friday. PTI Photo

Nowagaon: Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated with traditional Assamese Japi during an election rally at Raha in Nowagaon district of Assam on Friday. PTI Photo

The Congress Vice President said that if the Congress returns to power, it will continue with this development process and ensure more jobs to the youth of Assam.

On the other hand, PM Modi raised the issue of the Saradha chit fund scam for the first time in his campaign in Assam.

PM Narendra Modi said his government’s flagship programme Jan Dhan Yojana was launched only to ensure such frauds don’t happen.

“The poor went to chit funds because they did not have access to the banks. It was my government that has stopped them from going to chit funds by allowing them to open zero-balance bank accounts under the PM Jan Dhan Yojana,” Modi told an election rally here.

He promised that he’ll not spare the culprits behind the scam.

“The poor were looted in Assam, West Bengal, Odisha in the Saradha chit fund scam and though those involved are rotting in jail, the fact remains that the poor lost their money,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi also attacked former PM Manmohan Singh for criticising the BJP government.

“I have only one mantra and that is if we want the welfare of people, we must ensure employment for youths, education for children and medicines for the elderly….Besides, my three agenda for the nation is development, speedy development and all-round development,” he said.

PM Narendra Modi also lamented how Assam, which was rated among the top five states after independence, now only figured in the last four states. The blamed the downfall of Assam on the “misrule” by the Congress.

“In last 15 years, Assam has achieved only a third of what other states in India achieved in every field,” PM Modi said while expressing confidence that people of Assam will vote in large numbers in favour of BJP and its allies.

(With inputs from PTI)