Assembly Elections 2016: Top quotes from the battleground

Assembly Elections 2016: Top quotes from the battleground

Who said what - here's the latest from our politicians as they gear up for the Assembly elections in the states of Assam, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and the UT of Puducherry.

Amit Shah, BJP, Assam, Elections 2016, Assam Elections, Assam polls

Addressing election campaign meetings at these two places, he promised that BJP would take Assam on the road of progress if voted to power by ensuring a corruption-free government and stopping illegal infiltration from Bangladesh. BJP president Amit Shah at a rally in Guwahati, Assam on 25 March, 2016 Read more, here:

Shashi Tharoor, BJP, sreesanth, Kerala, Kerala assembly elections, news, elections 2016

Expressing amusement at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) choice of candidate for contesting in the upcoming Kerala Assembly elections from Thiruvananthapuram, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on 26 March said that the party has given up and already conceded defeat in that seat by fielding cricketer S Sreesanth. Read more, here:

“If you don’t have confidence in the Bengal administration, I have no objection. You can transfer anybody, but whoever you select for the posting is our man. He is from our state. One officer will go and another officer will come for one-and-a-half months,” West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during a rally in Jalpaiguri, 18 March, 2016. Read more, here:

Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal elections, polls, news, elections 2016

“The CPI(M) and Congress alliance is an unholy one. Defeat this alliance without casting even a single vote for it. Reject such an unholy alliance which doesn’t have any ideology,” Banerjee said during her poll campaign in Purulia district. Read more, here:

“The people were carried away by the kind of marketing blitz Narendra Modi did during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But soon after they placed their order and got a new government, they found they were cheated. It was nothing but hollow promises,” Rahul said at a Congress rally in Nagaon in central Assam. Read more, here:

Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Tarun Gogoi, Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee, Politics, Elections 2016

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, during a media interaction, 28 March, 2016. Gogoi also alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party tried to topple his government through former Congress leader Himanta Biswa by spending “thousands of crores”. Read more here:

Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Tarun Gogoi, Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee, Politics, Elections 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Rangapara, Assam, 27 March, 2016. Modi kicked off his campaign for the high-stakes Assam election battle on Saturday, addressing five rallies where he called Assam a “diseased state” and said he could feel “strong winds of change” blowing in the state. He also claimed a deep association with the tea-producing state for having been a chaiwallah once. Read more, here: