Veteran Congress leader and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said that the BJP lacked ideology and principle and could go to any extent to grab power in the state.
“The BJP is hobnobbing with parties with different ideologies and engineering cleavage in other parties to capture power. After the mauling in Bihar election, the BJP is begging other parties to join them to oust the Congress,” Gogoi in a statement issued in Guwahati said.
Gogoi’s statement came in the backdrop of media reports that the saffron party was talking to the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Bodo People’s Front (BPF) and some other groups in the run up to the assembly elections in Assam likely to be held in April 2016.
The Congress, which had won three consecutive assembly elections in Assam since 2001 is facing an uphill task, especially after Gogoi’s once most trusted lieutenant Himanta Biswa Sarma switched over to the BJP.
“They (the BJP) are opportunists craving for power with no ideology and principles. They are not interested to serve the people….and have not taken any steps to solve the state’s problems despite being in power at the Centre,” Gogoi rued. One day ago he had accused the Modi government of ignoring Assam’s repeated pleas for more funds to carry out flood damage repair.
Gogoi said that the BJP’s “Mission 84” (winning 84 seats means getting a clear two-thirds majority in the 126-member Assam House) had gone “topsy-turvy” after the Bihar drubbing, had become “shaky and nervous”, and that was why it was trying to cobble up alliance with the BPF and AGP.
“The BJP and AGP have diametrically opposite ideologies, but the BJP is trying to join them just to capture power following defeats in one election after the other,” he said.
“Unlike the BJP, the Congress will fight the elections alone as it has the support of the people,” Gogoi said. He also took a dig at some state BJP leaders seeking blessings of their central leaders by reportedly touching their feet “whereas the Congress leaders are seeking the blessings of the people to serve them in a better way.”