Narendra Modi slams congress, Gogoi

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Bongaigaon (Assam), April 20: Coming down heavily on Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said Gogoi should give more stress on the development of his State instead of finding loopholes in the Gujarat development model.

Addressing an election rally at the Bartila Gomath Field in Bongaigaon district’s Kakoijana on Saturday, Modi said, “I give my thanks to Chief Minister Gogoi who made me so much popular in Assam. His day starts with my name and also ends with my name. Perhaps he pronounces my name more often than the name of Goddess Kamakhya. But instead of talking about me all the time, he should talk about the development of his State and his intention to do something good for the people of Assam.”

Sharpening his attack without mentioning names, Modi said, “The mother and her son (Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) have destroyed the whole country. Similarly, the father and his son (Tarun Gogoi and Gaurav Gogoi) have destroyed Assam,” adding, “God has given all resources to Assam, but Congress government has made the State hell by their corrupt practices... that’s why 95 per cent of women in Assam are still illiterate, 98 per cent of houses have no water supply facility and 75 per cent of houses have no electricity. If you want to save the country, throw out the mother and her son, and if you want to save Assam, throw out the father and his son.”

Talking about the Bangladeshi migration problem, he said the Congress government has welcomed the illegal migrants for their vote bank politics. “They shout against Bangladeshi migrants in Parliament, whereas, in ground level, they shake hands with Bangladeshi migrants for vote bank politics,” he said.

He also talked about the demand of the six ethnic communities in Assam for ST status. “The mother and the son have remote controlled the Prime Minister and never given value to the people’s demands... that’s why the demand of Assam’s six ethnic communities for ST status has been pending for a long time,” he said. Talking about the condition of Adivasi people, he said, “Adivasi people’s condition is very poor in Assam. But come to Jharkhand or Gujarat and you will see the difference. We assure you that we will take steps to solve the basic problems faced by the people of Assam,” Modi said.

Answering the allegation made by Rahul Gandhi that small–scale industries are gradually dying in Gujarat, Modi said Rahul Gandhi should read the statistics at least. “Against 19 per cent national growth rate of small–scale industry, Gujarat has achieved 85 per cent growth rate last year,” he said, adding, “Leave Gujarat today, just tell me why is a mill (Ashok Paper Mill) here in Assam closed? What is your Chief Minister doing? He has been selected three times and he can’t even start a mill which will provide employment to the youth.”

He said the BJP needs a minimum 300 seats in this election to form a strong and stable government at the Centre. “Already elections in 232 constituencies were over. The people of these constituencies already performed their duty to reject the most corrupt Congress government in Delhi,” he said, adding, “It’s my guarantee that I shall change your life and life style. You just have to send maximum number of lotus to Delhi through this election.”

Modi along with Sarbananda Sonowal, State BJP president, arrived here at 11 am by helicopter. Modi attended the rally to campaign for BJP’s Barpeta parliamentary constituency candidate Chandra Mohan Patowary. Several other leaders also attended the meeting in Bongaigaon.

Attending a poll rally in Mangaldai, Modi said, “Give me love, in return, I will give you 100 per cent development and progress,” adding, “This year, people want a change. It is the people of the country, who are going to make this happen this time and the people of Assam should be a part of this effort.” Criticising Rahul Gandhi, Modi said, “Rahul Gandhi has no knowledge of the country’s history.”

Referring to the ongoing conflict between the Bodos and the non–Bodos in the State, he accused the Congress of playing a divisive game for its own interests. Appreciating the initiative of BJP candidate cum parliamentarian Ramen Deka for raising the issue of railway connectivity to Mangaldai, Modi, at the same time, strongly criticized the Congress for not giving any attention to this vital issue.

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