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We need to go ahead taking all along: Sonowal

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Nov 2015 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 25: Soon after taking the charge of the mantle of the State committee of the BJP for the second term today, Sarbanda Sonowal has spelt out a roadmap of the party that has to be adopted in the State so as to make it to Dispur in 2016.

Sonowal took charge as the president of the State committee of the party at a programe called – Ushma Adhoroni (a warm reception) – at Atal Behari Vajpayee Bhavan in the Hengrabari area in the city today.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said: “We’ll have to go ahead by taking all ethnic groups, communities and religious groups along with us. Our clarion call should be of unity in the State and the country, and that should be a timbre with a high pitch and intensity so as to defy the divisive power. In the backdrop of lack of governce in the State during the around 15-year Congress regime, we need to go to the people with the message of love and security.”

The thrust areas of the BJP in Assam, according to Sonowal, will be – restoring the breached trust among party leaders and cadres in the State, ensuring security of life and property of people living in the Barak Valley, hills, plains, the Brahmaputra Valley, including people belonging to different faiths. “We need to restore the breached trust among us. I appeal to all party leaders and workers from the grassroots level to the State level to work to make that really happen,” he said.

While talking to reporters after taking over the charge, Sonowal spelt out the roadmap which the party should follow in the State to make it to Dispur in 2016. When asked by reporters as to what his chosen path would be like, he said: “We’ve to decide it after all taking all ethnic groups, communities, linguistic and religious groups in the State into confidence. We need to take all together.”

When asked on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi making repeated statements against the BJP that it has taken to Hindi-speaking leaders from elsewhere in the country, Sonowal said: “Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is a senior Congress leader. His seniority in politics should’ve made him more responsible and accountable on the unity and integrity of the country. He should give up his rrow politics. We need to leave a legacy for the posterity that should benefit them in the future.”

Earlier, former State BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya said: “Making it to Dispur in 2016 will be an acid test for Sarbanda Sonowal. Two challenges before him are – selection of right candidates from a whole lot of BJP ticket aspirants and going ahead by defeating all the political parties and organizations that have ganged up to stop the BJP from making it to Dispur.”

MP Ramen Deka said: “In 2016, we will make it to Dispur under the leadership of Sarbanda Sonowal. It’s high time we translated our long nurtured dream of making it to Dispur into a reality.”

Former minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said: “Our march to capture Dispur has already been flagged off today. The existence of the indigenous Assamese has been at stake in the State. We have to overcome this threat. We all are soldiers of the tiol army. This is a challenge for us. The people of Assam hope a lot from the BJP. We shouldn’t let down them.”

Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakraborty said: “Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and tiol leaders of the Congress have been out to brand the BJP as a commul party. We need to give them the right dose of reply against this propaganda. We need to tell people if Tarun Gogoi, by teaming up with other parties against the BJP, is making the country free from commulism or destroying the existing commul harmony in the State and the country.”

Chandra Mohan Patowary said: “The people of the State are ready for a change, and they are waiting for the D Day. We’ll make it to Dispur under Sonowal. He will script a record in the 2016 Assembly elections in the State the way he set the record in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress is not a factor at all in Assam. Had it been a factor in the State, Tarun Gogoi wouldn’t have shared the platform with Badruddin Ajmal and Prafulla Mahanta, who fought for the cause of deportation of foreigners, a movement that was opposed by the Congress.”

Patoway rubbished the speculation that Bihar Assembly poll results would have its fallout in Assam. “Bihar and Assam are quite different on many aspects,” he said.

MP Rajen Gohain said: “If we are successful, we can save Assam, and if not, it will spell doom for the State.”

BJP’s in-charge for Assam Mahendra Singh said: “In Assam, a government minus the Congress is set to be in, and the Congress is set to be out.”

MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasha, ex-presidents rayan Barkataky and Ranjit Dutta, MLAs Dilip Paul, Jadav Deka, Ranjit Das, Manoranjan Das, ba Doley and the nine Congress MLAs who joined the BJP recently were present at the meeting.

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