“Yes, I am responsible for the poll debacle. I am the leader. If I am not responsible, then who will be?” said Former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi taking responsibility for poor performance of Congress in the polls.
Gogoi may have put up a brave face on the eve of the results but Congress sympathisers and many within the party had been staring at a debacle even before voting had commenced.
On the eve of the assembly poll results, Gogoi, who has been chief minister for three consecutive terms, refuses to even discuss a scenario of the Congress falling short of the half-way mark in the 126-seat House.
Gogoi, who attributed the rise in rhino population in Assam due to the conservation efforts initiated by the state government, described the decrease in lion population in Gujarat as a failure of the BJP governments at the Centre and in Gujarat.
The chief minister experienced abdominal upset in the morning, following which he complained of pain.
Tarun Gogoi also asked the Special Task Force constituted to curb poaching to intensify operations against poachers and their accomplice.
Tarun Gogoi further said many BJP leaders are “openly” violating MCC but the Election Department is not taking any action on these.
He added that the Congress leadership cannot save the party from defeat in the polls, the second and final phase of which will be conducted on Monday, he told an election rally in Nagaon district.
Predicted vote share of BJP in Assam is 35.3% while that of Congress is 36.9%.
Talking about the Uttarakhand crisis, the Chief Minister said the entire development is “just a murder of democracy”.
Tarun Gogoi also alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party tried to topple his government through former Congress leader Himanta Biswa.
Gogoi has claimed that he was a “real” Hindu and that those in the BJP were “fake” and were only contractors out to protect Hinduism.
Assam CM says he is confident of winning a fourth term, rules out any tie-up with AIUDF’s Badruddin Ajmal, talks of the “vast difference” between Narendra Modi and “broad-minded” Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and says dubbing people anti-national “will only alienate them further”.
The victim, an ASTC yard master, turned out to be Dimbeswar Rajkonwar, elder brother of ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa.
“Both the BJP-AGP have ganged up in a haste to capture power by any means throwing all their principles and ideologies to the wind,” Gogoi said.