One day after the BJP was trounced in the Gujarat civic bodies’ elections, Assam Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Friday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to now listen to the mann ki baat of the common man instead of airing his thoughts. He also said Modi’s mann ki baat programme had not struck a rapport with people.
“The manner in which the BJP has been rejected by the people in one election after the other in Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar and in the Gujarat civic election, is a pointer to the fact that Prime Minister Modi must listen to the hopes and aspirations of the people instead of airing his views on a wide gamut of issues through the ‘mann ki baat’ programme that has not struck a rapport with the people,” Gogoi, in a statement issued here said.
Gogoi said that the BJP government at the Centre had promised aplenty, but the promises remained by and large only on paper. “The people have realised the hollow promises made by the Modi-led government and that is why they have started rejecting the BJP in one election after the other, the latest being in Modi’s home turf Gujarat. Mere electrifying speeches won’t suffice. The people want action,” he said.
The Assam chief minister particularly complained that the BJP government at the Centre had gone back on its promises to Assam and the Northeast, which he said would boomerang on the party in the upcoming assembly election in Assam. The assembly elections are due in April 2016.
“The BJP promised galore on the eve of Lok Sabha elections in Assam, but the promises have remained only on paper. They have taken complete U-turn on major issues confronting the State, including pushing back the foreigners within a certain timeframe. The people have seen through their game plan vis-a-vis only to woo voters, and will give the BJP a fitting reply,” Gogoi added.
He said Assam and the Northeastern states had to fight for their rights deprived of by the Modi government. “We are fighting for our legitimate and genuine rights, including restoration of Special Category status and North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy put under suspension by the Modi Government. The BJP-led government has taken anti-poor measures by slashing drastically funds for MNREGA and other welfare-oriented schemes,” Gogoi said.
Meanwhile, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on its part asked prime minister Modi to first listen to the mann ki baat of the people of Assam. “The mann ki baat of the people of Assam is simple: identify and expel all Bangladeshi infiltrators,” AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharyya said.
“The prime minister should also try to find out what he had said during the Lok Sabha election campaign in 2014. He had said that the Bangladeshi infiltrators would have to pack up the day he (Modi) too over as prime minister. Can he point at one instance where just one Bangladeshi has been thrown out?” the AASU advisor asked.
The AASU leader also said that the mann ki baat of the people of Assam also included protecting precious land, including reserved forests and rivers, from the clutches of the Bangladeshi infiltrators. “Listen to the minds of the people of Assam and act. Free reserved forests, government land and more particularly land in tribal belts and blocks from the infiltrators,” he said. (ends)