On Tuesday, PM Modi kick-started BJP’s election campaign in Assam. While addressing a rally in Kokrajhar, he attacked the 15-year-old Congress rule in the state.
At a rally, jointly organised by BJP and its new ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), PM Modi hit out at the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who represents the state in Rajya Sabha.
“Why does Assam have so many problems when the same government is there for 15 years and the state has sent a Prime Minister for ten years….They could not do anything in 15 years and now they want me to solve all their problems within 15 months…. Don’t you think it’s unfair to me,” the PM said.
He promised that the BJP will ensure all-round development of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) areas which have been “betrayed” by the Congress.
“They (Congress) are just trying to confuse the people. You compare their 15-year rule and my 15-month-old government. You will see the vast difference,” he added.
Taking on the Congress on the “lack of development” front, Modi announced a slew of initiatives. He also announced a tribal status for two communities.
The Bodo-Kacharis and the Karbi-Mikirs will soon be granted a tribal status as the process has already started, said the PM.
Not just that, he also said that the youths from the Northeast are also being recruited in Delhi Police.
“Development is the only solution to all problems of the area and I have opened both my heart and hand to ensure that the dreams and aspiration of the people of the area, which the state government has failed to fulfil, are realised,” Modi said.
Targeting the Congress government in the state, Modi said, “Assam government has to give us details where the money meant for development has gone. All governments in the Northeast have to give full accounts. Because of this reason, these people don’t like me. But I am not bothered. Whether they like me or not. I work for the country, I work for development.”
A number of other initiatives were also announced like giving a deemed university status to a central technical institute in Kokrajhar and extending the Sealdah-Guwahati Kanchenjunga Express among others.
Assam’s 126-member Assembly is expected to go to polls in April or May this year along with four other states.
The BPF is believed to have strong presence in Kokrajhar and its neighbouring areas. The party has been in power in Bodoland Territorial Council since its inception in 2003. In 2014, BPF broke off its alliance with the Congress and has now decided to ally with the BJP.
(With inputs from PTI)