Gogoi attacks Jaitley, says BJP is set for a defeat

RSTV Bureau
Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

A political war of words was erupted between Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress party in the poll bound Assam.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday ridiculed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for claiming that BJP is on a strong wicket for the upcoming Assembly polls in the state.

“Fresh from a humiliating defeat in Bihar and Delhi, BJP is now on the threshold of yet another drubbing in Assam,” Gogoi said in a statement.

On Sunday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressed the press after the parties National Executive discussed the poll strategy for Assam, Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

“Our alliance is at the centre stage, our alliance is very influential in the state,” Jaitley said.

Chief Minister Gogoi also said that people of assam believe in the philosophy of Shankardeva and Ajan Fakir for social harmony and not fall for saffron politics.

Taking a dig at BJP, Gogoi said the people put their faith in the party during the last Lok Sabha elections but it has proved to be a “total disaster and poured cold water on the hopes of the people of the state”.

“Moreover, the Centre has also suspended the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy, thereby putting a spanner on industrialisation in Assam,” said the incumbent Chief Minister.

The Congress party on Monday released the second list of candidates for 57 constituencies which will go to the poll on April 11.

Releasing the list, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee Anjan Dutta said the party was hopeful of winning most of the seats.

Noted congress leaders, Agriculture Minister Rakibul Hussain, Health Minister Nazrul Islam, Minorities Minister Sukur Ali Ahmed and others found place in the second list.

For the 126 Assembly constituencies, polling will take place on April 4 and 11, while counting will be done on May 19.