Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accused the Congress of creating divide in Assam and said the party neither has a leader nor policy or any ideology. “Congress kept Assam divided in every way, BJP tried to connect Assam in every way. ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Biswas’ — is the BJP’s development mantra,” PM Modi said. Speaking in Assam’s Karimganj, he added, “On one side, BJP has a policy, leadership and good intentions. While on the other side, Congress neither has a leader nor policy or ideology.”
Earlier in the day, he attacked the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal’s Purulia, saying the TMC has made the lives of the people difficult. He said the people of Purulia have been given a life riddled with water crisis, adding that the Left and TMC governments neglected industrial development of Purulia. Meanwhile, at 3 pm, PM Modi will visit poll-bound Assam and hold a rally. Ahead of his rallies, Modi on Wednesday said that there is a desire for a change in Bengal with the BJP’s agenda of good governance striking a chord among the people.
While the BJP is running a campaign to end the running Trinamool Congress’ 10-year rule in Bengal, it is working to retain power in Assam. With the first phase of Assembly elections commencing in 10 days, campaigning in four states and one Union Territory is heating up. The first phase of polls to West Bengal and Assam will be held on March 27; Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will vote subsequently.
While the TMC released its manifesto Wednesday, from Puducherry, it was confirmed that V Narayanasamy, the outgoing CM, would not be contesting. In another development, the Kerala Congress faction headed by P C Thomas quit the NDA on Wednesday, and is expected to merge with the faction headed by P J Joseph, which is part of the Congress-led UDF. Thomas alleged his party was neglected in the NDA alliance when seats were allocated for the upcoming polls.