Debabrata Saikia not happy with PM Narendra Modi's speech
Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia has expressed his dissatisfaction at Prime Minister Narendra Modi avoiding any reference to various unfulfilled pre-poll promises made in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well as in 2016 Assembly elections at his historic Jerengapathar speech on Saturday.
GUWAHATI: Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia has expressed his dissatisfaction at Prime Minister Narendra Modi avoiding any reference to various unfulfilled pre-poll promises made in 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections as well as in 2016 Assembly elections at his historic Jerengapathar speech on Saturday.
In a statement issued to the media on Saturday, Saikia said, "The Prime Minister is fond of expressing his 'Man ki Baat', but today he refrained from speaking his mind about the reasons behind non-fulfillment of promises such as implementing the Assam Accord 'in letter and spirit' and deporting all illegal migrants, reviving the Hindustan Paper Corporation's mills at Jagiroad and Panchgram as per the BJP's pre-poll promise. He refrained from spelling out as to why they have been unable to declare the flood and erosion problem of Assam as a national problem, and why they have not dredged the Brahmaputra and its tributaries as per commitment. Modi has not mentioned why they have not fulfilled the promise to provide 5 lakh jobs each year to the unemployed youths of Assam, neither has he mentioned the reason behind non-fulfillment of the promise to ensure hiking of the daily wage of tea garden labourers to Rs. 351. He has also not mentioned why they have not granted ST status to the six communities of Assam, contrary to repeated assurances during the last seven years."
Saikia further said that the Prime Minister did not portray the full picture even in connection with the couple of important issues that he did mention today. "For instance, he spoke about distribution of land pattas to sons of the soil, but he avoided mentioning the plight of numerous ST and OBC families of Amsoi, Laika-Dadhia and Mikir Bamuni Grant, whose land rights have been thrown to the winds by the incumbent State Government.
"Modi has stated that the Kaziranga National Park is being protected well. Does he not know that persons close to influential ministers of the present BJP-led Government have violated the Wildlife Act and constructed resorts in elephant corridors in the Kaziranga National Park?", he said.