Modi targets the Gandhis in poll-bound Assam

RSTV Bureau
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the inauguration of a petrochemical complex of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd in Dibrugarh Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the inauguration of a petrochemical complex of Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd in Dibrugarh Photo-PTI

Sounding the poll bugle in Assam ahead of the Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party for obstructing pro-poor, pro-farmer and pro-labour legislations in Parliament.

Addressing tea garden workers in Moran, Modi said that those who have lost the election in 2014 and have come down from 400 to 40 seats have decided not to allow him to work.

“They have decided to create obstacles and difficulties. The conspiracy for the same is going on. They have now decided to take revenge from people, from the poor workers” he said while attacking the Congress.

“There are many leaders and parties even in the Opposition who oppose Modi, the BJP and the government but they want Parliament to run and carry out its business. But one family is so rigid that they do not allow the Rajya Sabha to function and let the nation’s agenda of development to be taken forward because people of the country have defeated them,” PM Modi lashed out while referring to “one family” who was indulging in “negative politics”.

PM Modi was referring to the continuous protests in the Parliament by Opposition parties, especially the Congress. The government has been unable to pass several important bills in Parliament including the GST bill as Congress members disrupted the proceedings.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi immediately reacted to the PM’s charges.

“Job of PM is to run Government and not make excuses. PM has been making excuses for last one-and-a-half years for not being able to deliver ’Gandhi hit back.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi addressed laborers in Lepetkata, Dibrugarh after dedicating the Brahmaputra Cracker Polymer Ltd (BCPL) and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd’s wax plant to the nation.

“If these projects had been completed 25 years ago, the second generation of people would have reaped benefits from these units. An entire generation has lost the benefits of these projects,” the Prime Minister said criticising the Congress.

Talking about his government’s agenda in the poll-bound state Modi said his government has evolved a new development model for the North-East.

“There must be balanced and all-round development of the country. It cannot be that the western part of India progresses, but the eastern and north-eastern parts lag behind” he said.

“Lack of connectivity has hampered the development of the region. Strengthening of the railway infrastructure will connect Assam and the North-East with the rest of the country…It seems it is my luck to complete all good work and it is my government’s effort to ensure that all incomplete and good projects, irrespective of who began it, are completed within the scheduled time,” he added.

Assam goes to polls later this year as the term of the Assam House ends on June 5, 2016.

In 2011 Assembly elections, BJP won only 5 seats out of 126 seats. However, in 2014 Lok Sabha polls BJP won 7 of the 14 Lok Sabha seats with 36 per cent votes, while the Congress won 3 seats with 29.5 per cent votes. AIUDF managed 3 seats with 14.8 per cent votes.

(With inputs from agencies)