Congress in Assam has released a ‘chargesheet’ against the BJP government in the state.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, Assam in-charge, Bhanwar Jitendra Singh said that before coming to power, the BJP had promised to protect the jati-mati-bheti (community-land-base) but instead imposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on the people of the state.
Singh, along with several senior Congress leaders, released the ‘chargesheet’ highlighting the ‘misdeeds’ of the BJP-led government in Assam at the party headquarters in Guwahati on March 14.
“CAA is posing a threat to the language, culture and identity of the people of Assam. It is giving a red-carpet welcome to illegal migrants to settle in Assam. The saffron brigade has failed to implement the Assam Accord in letter and spirit and also Clause 6, as promised by them,” said Singh.
On the employment scene, the ‘chargesheet’ mentioned that the BJP has also failed in keeping their words to provide employment to the youth.
“The before the 2016 assembly elections, the BJP had promised to provide employment to the youth – a promise to employ five lakh unemployed in the state every year. Like other promises, the BJP failed to deliver on this promise too. There are around 3 lakh posts lying vacant in different departments at present and the number of unemployed in the state has reached 40 lakh. The central government has, in fact, stopped appointments in government offices, public sector undertakings and nationalized banks,” a point in the ‘chargesheet’ said.
The Congress party also raised the issue of appointment scams in the state.
“Instead of jobs, the young men and women of Assam have been regularly presented with appointment scams. There have been a series of recruitment scandals – in 2018, the scam in the appointment to 145 posts in the panchayat and rural development department and another related to 1000 posts in the same department. Then, the Assam police recruitment scam of huge proportions came to light, where senior serving and retired police officers were arrested. The rot has set in deep during the BJP’s tenure,” it said.
The other allegations raised by Congress are: “The BJP has been selling our prized resources, from oil fields to the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport in Guwahati to corporate houses that are close to the Modi regime.”
“The general public is being made to feel the pinch as the prices of essential commodities and fuel have gone through the roof. Petrol, diesel and LPG prices have more than doubled while the price of vegetables, cereals and cooking oil has made living tough for people everywhere,” the document said.