In his first political rally in the poll bound Assam, Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, which is hoping to form its first government in the state after the assembly polls. Assam goes to polls along with four other states — West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry — next month.
Speaking at rally in Diphu in Assam, Rahul Gandhi said that BJP has no local leader who could stand up to his party’s Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Stepping up criticism against the principal opponent in the state, he told the gathering that the state government of Assam will be run either from the PMO in New Delhi or from Nagpur, a reference to RSS headquarters, if BJP is voted to power.
“BJP do not have a local leader. Assam will be run from Nagpur, Assam will be run from Prime Minister’s Office if BJP wins, we want to run Assam from Assam,” he said.
Countering the BJP’s claim that the Congress government in Assam has failed to curb infiltration, the Congress Vice President on Tuesday said that congress brought peace in trouble hit Assam.
“Congress has brought peace in Assam in 15 years, it is one of our biggest achievements,” said Rahul.
On Sunday, highlighting his agenda of development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigning in the Rangapara district of Assam, came down heavily on the Congress and said it has betrayed the aspirations of Assam people.
Raking up the issue of infiltration of Bangladeshis in Assam on Monday, BJP chief Amit Shah too accused the ruling Congress of not stopping it and using the illegal migrants as its vote bank.
“Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are coming here to campaign for the Assam Assembly elections… I challenge the Congress president to say she will stop Bangladeshi infiltration “said Shah in Dhakuakona rally.
Rahul Gandhi is on a two day election tour in poll bound Assam said that the state has made significant improvements under Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was targeted by removing its special status.
“Modi government took away the special status of Assam under which the state used to get thousands of crores of rupees,” said Rahul.
Claiming that his party in Assam tried to every citizen along Rahul said that BJP is trying to enforce one ideology on everyone.
“We do not form a government to serve any single religion or caste, our government belongs to every citizen,” said Gandhi.
Polling for the first phase of polls will be held on April 4 for 65 seats. Congress president Sonia Gandhi is also scheduled to address an election rally on March 30.