ANI Photo | Difference between poor and rich is getting wider: Assam Congress leader Pradyut Bordoloi on BJP’s rule

Assam Congress’ candidate for the Nagaon Lok Sabha seat, Pradyut Bordoloi, asserted on April 6 that under BJP rule, India has become one of the most unequal countries globally, with a widening gap between the rich and poor.

“India is the most unequal country in the world. A few individuals are accumulating the majority of the nation’s wealth, leading to an ever-expanding chasm between the rich and the poor,” stated Pradyut Bordoloi.

He further alleged that the BJP aims to revise the fundamental principles of the Indian Constitution, evident in their campaign slogan ‘Abki Baar 400 Paar’ which seeks a supermajority to push through their agenda, including eroding secularism.

“The BJP harbours a malicious intent to amend the core tenets of the Indian Constitution. This is why they are promoting slogans like ‘Abki Baar 400 Paar’. If they secure such a majority, they are likely to overhaul the entire constitution by removing key features like secularism… However, they will not succeed because the ordinary citizens of India have become aware of their motives,” remarked the Congress candidate for the Nagaon Lok Sabha seat.

Bordoloi also accused the BJP of systematically undermining institutions that uphold the democratic character of the Indian Constitution.

“Every institution responsible for maintaining the democratic essence of the Indian Constitution through checks and balances is being methodically undermined,” he added.

Assam comprises a total of 14 parliamentary constituencies. The elections for these constituencies will be conducted in three phases on April 19, April 26, and May 7.

Simultaneously, the nationwide elections for all 543 Lok Sabha seats will be conducted in seven phases starting from April 19. Nearly 97 crore eligible voters will participate in these elections, with the vote counting scheduled for June 4.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured 7 out of Assam’s 14 seats. The Congress and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) each won three seats. In the 2019 elections, the BJP increased its seat count to 9, while the Congress retained three seats, and the AIUDF secured one seat.

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