GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a strong attack on Congress, saying that its “hand is with people whose foundation has been to destroy the identity of Assam” and that the main opposition party in the state wants to wrest power on the “vote bank of a party which has grown due to infiltration”.
Addressing an election rally in Lakhimpur district, he said the Congress-led alliance is not ‘mahajot’ but ‘mahajhoot’ and it does not have an ideology.
PM Modi said that the way the BJP-led government in the state and party workers served during the challenge posed by coronavirus and helped the poor, it was inspired by the saint tradition of Srimant Sankardev.
He targeted Congress making a veiled reference to its alliance with AIUDF.
“I have come here to awaken you. The Congress hand is with such people today whose foundation has been to destroy the identity of Assam. Will you allow this? Will you allow your culture-traditions to be destroyed? The party which has grown on infiltration, the Congress wants to snatch power on its vote bank,” he said.
“The party which is representative of discrimination with the original inhabitants of Assam, Congress today is talking of handing over the reins of power to it. Congress can do anything for votes, can take anyone along, can deceive anyone. This is not ‘mahajot led by Congress, it is ‘mahajhoot’ of Congress. A mahajhoot which does not have a leader or policy. Such mahajhoot, which only guarantees infiltration, loot,” he said.
Referring to work done by BJP-led governments at the Centre and state, he said the poor people in every region of Assam have LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) connections.
“LPG coverage in Assam has increased from under 50 per cent to nearly 100 per cent in just five years. In 70 years, Assam had seen the development of just 13,000 kilometres of roads in the state. In the last five years, we have built nearly 15,000 kilometres of rural roads! 700 kilometres of new roads have been built only in Lakhimpur,” he said.
He said the eight medical colleges have been built in the state.
“This will provide you with better medical care and opportunities to our youth studying medicine. Under the PM Awas Yojana, over 5.5 lakh houses have been approved. Several beneficiaries have already received their houses,” he said.
Talking about tea workers daily wages, PM Modi said National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has increased their wages two times in the last five years.
Assam will go to the polls in three phases from March 27. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. (ANI)