Bihar fate awaits BJP in Assam, says Rahul Gandhi

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi also tried to draw the attention of women and the tea labourer voters of upper Assam.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: March 18, 2016 12:22 pm
Sonitpur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi waves to the crowd at “Micro Level Booth Management Gandhi Sabha “ at Gohpur in Sonitpur on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI2_15_2016_000194B) Sonitpur: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi waves to the crowd at “Micro Level Booth Management Gandhi Sabha “ at Gohpur in Sonitpur on Monday. (Source: PTI)

The BJP would indulge in creating conflict between people of different faiths in the run-up to the Assam assembly elections in order capture power by hook or crook, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said in a series of four different meetings he addressed on the first day of his two-day pre-election tour of Assam on Monday.

“The BJP does not have issues of development and peace in mind. Instead it is more interested in capturing power by even putting people of different faiths in conflict. They did the same in Bihar and instigated Hindus against Muslims. They thought they would win elections by doing so. They will try to do the same thing in Assam too,” Rahul Gandhi said.

“In Bihar the prime minister made many tall promises. They tried so many tricks. But when the results came they could not even understand how the BJP lost,” he said.

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Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress leader also tried to draw the attention of women and the tea labourer voters of upper Assam. In Titabor – chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s constituency – he alleged that the BJP government at the Centre had stopped ration to the plantation labourers. In Bihpuria, he said it was only in Congress-ruled states that women were given top priority.

“The prime minister made so many tall promises in Assam during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Has he fulfilled any one of them? The answer is a big No. Instead, he has stopped supply of rations to the tea labourers. He has curtailed Assam’s Special Category State status. He also tried to stop MGNREGA and mid-day meal schemes. Prices of essential commodities have gone up manifold,” Rahul Gandhi said.

Asking people to vote for the Congress, Rahul Gandhi claimed that a pro-Congress wind had already started in Assam. “A Congress wind is blowing in Assam. The people have understood how hollow Modi’s promises were. They will now try to destroy peace and amity before the elections here. But they will meet the same fate as in Bihar,” he said.

The Congress vice-president, who arrived here on a two-day visit to upper Assam on Monday, attended three rallies – at Gohpur, Bihpuria and Titabor – on the first day. On Tuesday he is scheduled to take part in a padyatra in Sivasagar before addressing a party workers rally there. Titabor incidentally is the assembly constituency represented by chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

Ridiculing Prime Minister Modi for making promises that he had failed to keep, and said the prime minister was only astute in coining a new slogan every 10 days. “The prime minister coins one new slogan every 10 days. But there is nothing on the ground. Moreover, you don’t see him alongside the poor, the farmers, the labourers and the working class. Instead you see him beside rich people, beside Obama, beside industrialists,” he said.

Showering praise on Tarun Gogoi, the Congress vice-president said his government in Assam had done wonderful things that have changed lives of the poor, of women, of tea labourers and children. “Fifteen years ago, people were scared of coming out of their houses because of insurgency. Today there is peace all around. It is the Congress that put Assam back on the rails,” he said.

“The Congress government in Assam has so many schemes for women. Women in Assam get money right from their birth. A girl child gets a sum at birth, a bicycle in Class VIII and a laptop when she gets 50 per cent in Class X final. They also get money for marriage, and then there is a scheme for unmarried women and widows too,” he said at a women’s rally in Bihpuria.

Drawing attention of the youth, Gandhi recalled Prime Minister Modi’s 2014 election promise of bringing back black money from abroad and depositing Rs 15 lakh in every citizen’s bank account, and asked if anybody had received that amount. “Is there any person in Assam who got that Rs 15 lakh Modi had promised? Is there any youth in Assam who got a job as Modi had promised?” he asked.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 15, 2016 at 5:38 pm
    My dear pappu. I fear d the day when an sickular antinational foriegner pampered prince lik u will govern this great nation. It will be a nightmare fr india
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      Tony
      Feb 15, 2016 at 11:49 pm
      @ सोनिया मधर। एंड। रधुल सन कम्पनी. @ Where did the UPA do the maximum damage? (a) 2G scam; (b) Coalgate; (c) CWG scam; (d) Banking sector scam(s).
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        Tony
        Feb 16, 2016 at 12:00 am
        I wonder which Congress is this party which calls itself Congress, sometimes Indian National Congress! To the best of my memory and understanding, and as also mentioned in India Today, Vol. IX, No. 22,P. 34, Congress was first split in 1969 into two groups, including Congress (Requisition) led by Indira hi, and then split further in 1978 to form Congress (Indira); where has the name Indira gone? How and when was the name changed? Was this change sanctioned by EC or is it only a large-scale fraud for convenience? In any case, the party apparently has completely forgotten the very person responsible for its birth in 1969/1978. Moreover, it definitely amounts to a blatant lie when the party, which is actually only 35/45 odd years old, claims a 100 years odd year old history; regretfully a learned editor like Aroon Purie also seems to be a party to this when he gifts this political party a 129-year history. People, like many of us youngsters, who were members of the good old Congress, or were involved with its pre-independence activities of on the call of hiji, feel ashamed, disgusted, frustrated and confused at such a affront on the part of the Congress(I) leaders. Please enlighten me on the said confusion; are my sentiments ill-placed?
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          Tony
          Feb 15, 2016 at 11:58 pm
          Well said, present b congrres has no any link and values of that congrres party. Now it is just corrupt union of all opportunist under ond family who seems to have copy rights on 'bname' 'congrres'. We Indian people are emotional fool ,we forget the contributation of all freedom fighters axcept this one family whose present members do't have any substance of that great party except DNA OF ONLY ONE MEMBER AMONG CRORS OF PEOPLES. This present congrres have no rights on that
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            Tony
            Feb 15, 2016 at 11:50 pm
            Why are the JNU fellows a pampered lot? Let them pay N learn, they will forget all politics
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              Tony
              Feb 15, 2016 at 11:49 pm
              Wonder what would have been Afzal Guru's fate in Saudi or US for the heinous crime he committed. JNU seems to be the hotbed of every activity other than education. Who gave these students admission is a big mystery. In the process deserving students who could have contributed to India's growth have been deprived.
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                Tony
                Feb 15, 2016 at 11:50 pm
                i don't remember Afzal Guru calling or texting the families of victims of his terror attacks and informing them the time of their death! Human rights are meant for humans and NOT for these demons of 21st century. The problem with the agitators is they are more concerned about these terrorists and their rights! Do these people think even a little to combat this problem of terrorism? In fact the kind of agitation presented by them at JNU is nothing but the nascent stage of terrorism itself. Anti -national sloganeering, at large scale or small , should be dealt immediately with strictest of punishment.
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                  Anand Sudan
                  Feb 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm
                  No, Mr Rahul, you are now with the supporters of Afsal Guru who waged war against India and attacked parliament. That means you are supporting the anti nationals . For it you and your party will have to pay heavy price. People will give you crushing defeat.
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                    Wise Thoights
                    Feb 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm
                    Modi bhakto. ..Rahul has become very potent weapon n surely destroy bjp in am ...Modi pority in low n middle cl has taken a beating ..failure to control price rise ,increased taxes on petrol n service tax ,job loss has only proved dat Modi has proved big failure ..after bihar ..am will give big blow to them
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                      Wise Thoights
                      Feb 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm
                      Pappu dhoyega fokhebaaz dokhebaaz Modi n Co ko...just wait n watch . Modi amit ka hindu bol Kar dokha Dena band
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                        Bijan Mohanty
                        Feb 16, 2016 at 4:28 am
                        Congress is more patriotic than the dramatizing BJP. Congress is never with the forces who waged war on India. Do not manufacture mischiefs in your mischievous minds and do not make false accusations. Of course, BJP is veteran is making irresponsible remarks against Congress which is well known to people of am.
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                          Bijan Mohanty
                          Feb 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm
                          BJP will be wiped out in am in next elections.
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                            ProudIndian
                            Feb 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm
                            PAPPU has become a laughing stock of politics. He always becomes a start entertainer during the times of Election. Lolz. It is election time again.....
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                              d sahu
                              Feb 17, 2016 at 7:52 am
                              Looks Rahul is an angry man or acting angry against the PM. that will nothelp him in long run.
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                                C
                                Feb 15, 2016 at 11:24 pm
                                Yes surely it will be a repeat of Bihar Pappu as BJP got more seats than Congress there What about Maharashtra, Jharkhand Haryana brother. Why dont you talk about them
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                                  madan gupta
                                  Feb 17, 2016 at 3:46 am
                                  नेहरु ने देश का नाश किया है. अन इस परिवार को मिटा दो.
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                                    naidu kare
                                    Feb 16, 2016 at 1:19 am
                                    It is about time the silent watchers of the BJP trolls rise up and start giving them back what they deserve.
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                                      naidu kare
                                      Feb 16, 2016 at 1:18 am
                                      The BJP is divisive. Liars they are.... told all lies about congress by the jumla man and managed to cheat the indian public by promising 15vlakhs. Whereever modi goes there should be people with banners asking for 15 lakhs. Asking for black money. asking for freedom of speech like he did against congress. Ask him to show real love for bharat mata and not by jumlas
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                                        Ghoda Murshatpur
                                        Feb 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm
                                        Pappu must now marry and settle a family life. Bahut hua polithiks.
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                                          Nityananda
                                          Feb 16, 2016 at 1:59 am
                                          Nothing that Rahul has predicted so far on any election has come true and people will take this prediction also with a pinch of salt
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                                            Indian
                                            Feb 16, 2016 at 2:14 am
                                            Congress and other parties should sch a good alliance to defeat anti-nationalists. People who want to divide Indians into different groups.
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