A day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi made a hurricane two-day tour of upper Assam, chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday here said signals were clear that the wind in the poll-bound state was blowing in favour of the Congress party.
“The manner in which the visit of AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi to Assam evoked spontaneity and enthusiasm among the people, it clearly indicates that the wind is blowing in favour of the Congress,” Gogoi in a statement said. Gandhi, in his two-day tour on Monday and Tuesday, addressed meetings in Gohpur, Bihpuria, Titabor and Sivasagar apart from taking part in a six-km padyatra.
He said that the people of Assam were fed up with the false pre-poll promises of the Modi government to usher in acche din. “Moreover, clearly noticing its u-turns on major issues concerning the state, the people have rallied behind the Congress knowing that it is the most secular, pro-poor and development oriented party,” Gogoi said.
“Forget acche din and u-turns on major issues concerning the state, the Modi government has squeezed the flow of funds to Assam by withdrawing the Special Category status, changing the funding pattern of centrally sponsored schemes and flood management programme, suspending the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy, and reducing funds for MNREGA, IAY and other pro-poor schemes,” he alleged.
Accusing prime minister Modi of taking u-turns on all important issues like pushing back foreigners, on the Lower Subansiri dam and the land-swap deal with Bangladesh, Gogoi said those had brought the BJP government’s policy of double standards to the fore.
“The people of Assam have realised that they were hoodwinked into believing that the prime minister would do something for them but left them in the lurch. This policy of double standards will go against the BJP in the Assembly polls,” he claimed.
The Assam chief minister also said that the BJP, knowing it was on a sticky wicket, had entered into an alliance with the Bodo People’s Front (BPF), and a tacit understanding with the AIUDF and was now inching towards political parties like the AGP to cobble up an alliance to defeat the Congress.
“The BJP is nervous and shaky and is trying to cobble up an alliance to defeat the Congress. But the people will rally behind the Congress as it had ushered in development during the past 15 years and give them a fitting reply,” he said.