Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 21 said that there was “double neglect, double corruption” when the Congress-led government was both at the Centre and in Assam, but now the BJP’s “double-engine government” will make the state “aatmanirbhar”.
Expecting BJP retaining power in Assam, Modi announced: “Dusribar BJP sarkar, dusri bar NDA sarkar aur dusri bar double engine sarkar (Second time BJP government, second time NDA government and second time double engine government)”.
Addressing an election rally at Bokakhat in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district, Modi said that the Congress identifying itself as a secular party, but to grab the chair (government), the party forged electoral alliance with the communal forces in Assam, West Bengal and Kerala.
Saying that the Congress’ “five guarantees” are fake and false promises, Modi said that after ruling Assam over 50 years the party has to make “jutha (fake) assurances” and making alliance with the communal party.
“Congress means confusion, uncertainty, violence and separatism, blockade and agitations and Congress means corruption and fake guarantee,” the prime minister Modi retorted and said that the party has no vision it’s friendship with only chairs.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accompanied by senior central and state leaders on March 20 released the election manifesto in Guwahati promising “five guarantees” if voted to power.
The “five guarantees” include restarting the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC), repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Rs 365 daily wage to tea garden workers, five lakh jobs in five years, Rs 2,000 per month allowance to housewives and 200 units free electricity per household.
Saying that over Rs 40,000 crore being invested for Assam’s gas and oil projects, prime minister Modi said that projects are now underway for the compressed natural gas (CNG) for the vehicles and piped natural gas (PNG) for cooking in thousands of households.
“From the bamboo, ethanol would be produced in Assam. Since British rule bamboo was in the tree category. After 70 years, the law has been amended to boost the bamboo-based industries, plantations, value addition of bamboo and to empower the thousands of artisans who made thousands of items from the bamboo,” the prime minister said.