Addressing a convention organised by the AICC minority department in New Delhi, Dev prefaced her remarks saying she comes from Silchar, the population of which consist of 30 to 35 per cent people from the minority community.
"The BJP stands completely exposed in Gujarat, where its tall claims of fight against corruption has fallen flat. We feel that the Gujarat election will be a close fight and the people of the state want change."
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev passed away in a local hospital in Silchar, Assam, on Wednesday morning after suffering from kidney and other ailments. Dev, 83, is survived by his wife and four daughters, including Congress MP Sushmita Dev.