PM good actor, but lacks knowledge on Assam: Tarun Gogoi

Tarun Gogoi also described Modi’s rallies in Assam as poor show and blamed the BJP state leaders for the "glaring mistakes" in the PM’s speech.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: January 21, 2016 1:14 am
PM Modi, modi assam, assam modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a youth rally organized by the Bharatiya Janata party ahead of Assam state elections in Guwahati, India. (Source: AP Photo)

Assam Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “actor” good at attracting people’s attention, but “lacking” in basic knowledge about the state.

“The PM is a good actor. I salute him for that. But he can only talk big. When it comes to work, there is no link between his words and deeds,” Gogoi said, reacting to the PM’s statements in the rallies he addressed at Kokrajhar and Guwahati Tuesday.

“His lack of knowledge about Assam became evident even to a child who listened to what he said on Tuesday. He spoke of connecting Assam with broad gauge railway. Assam is already connected by broad gauge. It is now a question of double track and electric engines,” Gogoi said.

He also ridiculed the PM for saying Assam lacked power, despite having adequate water resources. “The PM does not know how power is produced from water. He does not know that most Assam rivers cannot be used for power generation,” Gogoi said.

The Assam CM also described Modi’s rallies in Assam as “poor show” and blamed the state BJP leaders for “glaring mistakes” in his speech. “It is clear from his speech that state BJP leaders did not brief him properly. They only gave him a stanza from a famous poem by Ambikagiri Ray Choudhury,” Gogoi said.

“The BJP workers and supporters in Assam must be frustrated after the PM’s poor show. They gathered thousands of people… They were waiting for the PM to make some announcements for the state. But, they got nothing,” Gogoi said.