Cong-BJP fight intensifies as campaign hots up in Assam

RSTV Bureau
Congress president Sonia Gandhi waves at the crowd at an election rally in Assam. March, 2016. Photo - PTI

Congress president Sonia Gandhi waves at the crowd at an election rally in Assam. March, 2016.
Photo – PTI

Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi and Union Home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday added to the already sharp campaign between the two parties in Assam, where they are locked in a straight fight. While Sonia Gandhi targeted BJP and its broad alliance terming them “divisive”, Singh was less than unsparing on the 15-year-old Congress rule in the state.

Assam, one of the few remaining strongholds of the Congress party, is scheduled to go for polls next month.

“Why so they oppose the Congress party and its workers? Because they know it well that Congress represents all sections of the Assamese society. They know that in 15 years of Gogoi’s rule, Assam has emerged as a peaceful and progressive state,” Gandhi said in an election rally at Amguri.

The Congress chief also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming he is going back on his promise of development.

“Prime Minister Modi praises Assam tea but those working in the tea garden are passing through tough times during his rule. Those working in the tea gardens and the tribals are asking Modi ji when will our good days (achche din) come?” she added referring to PM Modi’s poll slogan in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Training her criticism on BJP’s alliance with regional parties Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodo Peoples Front (BPF), Sonia went on to say the composite culture of the state was in “danger”.

“When they had ruled the state, it was known for anarchy and extremism. If such people came to power, the era of peace and development which continued for last 15 years will come under threat,” the Congress party president claimed referring the past governments headed by BJP ally AGP.

Duliajan:  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh being felicitated at BJP election rally in Assam, March 30, 2016. Photo - PTI

Duliajan: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh being felicitated at BJP election rally in Assam, March 30, 2016.
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“Can anybody forget that how Modi government had refused to provide funds for relief during floods in Assam? Can you forget that Modi government has reduced the funding of schemes made for the upflift of Assam during the UPA government,” she added accusing the BJP-led government at the centre.

Soon after in a rally at Duliajan, senior BJP leader and Union Home minister Rajnath Singh targeted incumbent Congress government in the state as he claimed that the insurgency situation has improved considerably in the last 18 months since BJP came to power at the Centre.

“The insurgency situation in the country has improved considerably and is under control during the last 18 months and I am not making this claim myself but political analysts have been pointing this out,” Rajnath Singh said.

Further taking on the ruling party on the issue of infiltration and inflow of fake currency notes from Bangladesh, he added “Congress never paid attention to this problem but we are committed to solve this problem and will check the entry of fake currency from the neighbouring country”.

Continuing his tirade at Congress, Singh claimed that in the last two years of BJP rule at the Centre, there was no allegation of corruption and his party has “zero-tolerance towards corruption”.

“The Congress has ruined the state during the last 15 years of its rule with the problems of poverty, unemployment, power, road connectivity still persisting,” he said criticising the principal political opponent further.

(With inputs from the PTI)