Modi in upper Assam: PM launches poll campaign, says give BJP a chance

Promising to make Assam number 1 state, PM says will protect its identity.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: February 6, 2016 12:55 am
Modi-759 Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Dibrugarh Friday. PTI

Back in poll-bound Assam within a span of 20 days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked people to give the BJP a chance in the forthcoming Assembly elections for all-round development of the state.

“Vote for sarbananda (all-round well-being) of Assam,” he said, reminding people that Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is the party’s chief minister candidate.

Modi had addressed a rally each in Kokrajhar and Guwahati on January 19.

Friday’s rally was held in Moran, part of the tea country and about 400 km from the state capital. Appealing to the tea worker community, which is a deciding factor in nearly 30 Assembly seats in the Upper Assam region, he hit out at “one family (the Gandhis) that stood in the way” of the Rajya Sabha passing a vital Bill intended to raise the bonus of these workers.

“Assam today wants a government that works alongside the Centre. It wants a government that listens to and works for the poor and brings about a change in their lives,” Modi said. “Governments came and went (in the state), but there was no change in your lives. You know which government did what. Give the BJP one opportunity —we want to fulfill our aspirations; we will make Assam India’s number one state.”

Assam’s global identity was created by tea, he said, and yet thousands of workers who have toiled for four or five generations in manufacturing tea remain neglected. “What have you got? A house? Drinking water? Schools for the children? Nothing,” he said. Referring to his early years, Modi said, “Once upon a time, I also earned a living by selling your tea.”

Modi also spoke about funds of more than Rs 27,000 crore purportedly lying in government coffers which should have gone to labourers on retirement or on quitting jobs. “I discovered that money when I took over as the PM. On inquiry, I found that it belonged to thousands of labourers across the country. Now we want to identify all those to whom this money belongs, and give it to them,” he said.

The Prime Minister also said that, if elected, the BJP will not only protect the identity, future and pride of Assam but also ensure security of women and girls. Speaking about the NDA government’s priority focus on infrastructure and skill development in the Northeast, Modi said it is unfortunate that the region does not have proper road and railway infrastructure to send out its produce. “There is also an absence of good educational institutions here,” he said.

The Congress has won a record three consecutive elections in Assam since 2001.

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    MyTake
    Feb 6, 2016 at 12:22 am
    People need to first free themselves from the clutches of evil. Unless they do that there is no hope for their future. Voting BJP is the only available weapon they have at the moment to do tha.
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      Kamalakanta
      Feb 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm
      Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by FIRSTPOST. After the first eight sessions of UPA I, the “sitting time” lost to disruptions had reached an all-time high of 38 percent. The 15th Lok Sabha, with UPA II government, was the crowning glory of the BJP in disruption of the Parliament - at 61 percent, its productive time was the worst in Indian legislative history. During the same period, the record for Rajya Sabha was equally dismal - 66 percent. Compared to 297 bills during the 13th Lok Sabha, when the BJP-led NDA was in power and Congress in opposition, the UPA II could p only 179 out of its planned 328 bills. Several serious pieces of legislation such as Women’s Reservation Bill, Direct Taxes Code, Micro Finance Bill, Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill and the Bill enabling the introduction of Goods and Services Tax just lapsed. What was more tragic was that 60 per cent of the question time was wasted by the BJP-led acrimony source :
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        Karunakaran
        Feb 7, 2016 at 1:05 am
        In Gujarat, a Dalit is forced to clean the toilets of people in the cities, clear garbage, clear dead animals, do the jobs that other Indians would not go near. When you start cleaning the toiltes of the pople in the cities, you can start praising Dalits for being great Indians. They have been trying to be just Indians for centuries, but the upper castes require toilet cleaners, garbage cleaners, etc. Regardless, 200 million Dalits have have had enough of the baniya hoodwinking. Now they will vote for Congress, JD(U), AAP - as these are committed to make the Dalits normal Indians!
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          Karunakaran
          Feb 6, 2016 at 1:57 am
          The photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai has two things to his credit: getting the Vallabh bhai statue made in China, and the Bullet train to Gujjuland for Rs 98,000 crores. On everything else the photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai and his equally neducated cabinet colleagues have miserably failed. India's economy is gone to the dogs. The only people who praise the photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai are Gujjus based abroad. Get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has style and he has substance.
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            Gopinath
            Feb 6, 2016 at 3:44 am
            i will vote oomen chandy as next cm,he is ding well as cm ok kerala
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