From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Dec 27: A day after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, in a Congress workers’ meet in Jorhat opened front to lock heads with the BJP in what the Chief Minister termed as the ‘reectment of the historic battle of Saraighat in 2016 between the Congress and the BJP’, Member of Parliament of Jorhat constituency, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, while addressing a massive rally of BJP workers who had assembled to take part in a meeting organized by the Thengal District Parishad, dropped curtains and declared open the front to take on the Congress starting right from the Chief Minister’s constituency in Titabor. The timing of the BJP meeting is deemed to be crucial in the wake of the Chief Minister being present at Titabor on Sunday.
MP Kamakhya Tasa in his speech lambasted the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government for engaging in petty politics of galvanized sheets and blankets. He said, “Corruption has seeped to the roots in Titabor with the social fabric of society being lost under the wave of corruption. Just when the Chief Minister is distributing galvanized sheets and taking credit for the harvest done by cultivators and taking part in a harvest ceremony, our workers are attending the meet without even a cup of tea. I don’t know how to thank them. Our workers are not only poor but also come from the BPL category but they have not fallen prey to the Congress attraction of two bundles of galvanized sheets, one cycle, mosquito nets or blankets. And this force is our backbone which will make BJP shine in the ensuing elections of 2016 and we at BJP want to categorically reiterate that we do not intend to do any kind of income from you people but only corruption-free governce.”
“The Congress is intimidating our people and the general public that BJP in their one-and-half year term has destroyed society and has amassed wealth, but who has corrupted the country? It is the Congress.
On our way to the meeting here from Silapathar through Dhakuwakha and Majuli we came across flood-affected places under Congress rule which have been totally devastated. Even in Majuli and Neematighat (port) where geo bags were laid have all gone down and who will ascertain whether geo bags were there or not under the water? The Rs-100 crore water project in Titabor is in shambles. Even after the claim of investing such a large amount people do not even get a gallon of water below their reservoirs. Arsenic primarily responsible for the growth of cancer is found here and hence the government decided to pump water from the Dhansiri river in Golaghat but corrupt officials devised methods to pocket almost half of the project cost,” further alleged Tasa.
The MP further added, “They accuse the BJP government of poor administration during one-and-half years of governce but then what about the 60 years of Congress rule? Where have all the funds of the panchayat gone? Today lives of the people living in the line quarters of tea garden areas are most negligible. These people had known only the Congress which distributed country liquor bottles and blankets. They feared giving votes even to AGP when it was in power. Lives of the people have gone from worse to worst. If Congress was really their friend then why have the people been made a victim of such corruption?
Congress politics has always been demand based, wine and alcohol against each confirmed ballot. See what the TKAC (Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council) is doing. One water filter for Rs 10,000! Is it possible? So time has come to give them an answer and throw Congress out of Assam.”
BJP State Secretary Santanu Puzari in his address said, “In 2016, the BJP will form a government meant specifically for the protection of the indigenous people of Assam. Our aim is clean and corruption-free government. Today 14 districts of Assam are in the grip of Bengali Muslim migrants of Bangladeshi origin and they have reached a saturation point where they dictate who and who not will lead them to power. Congress is a government of the foreigners, for the foreigners and by the foreigners. The people of Assam have had enough and no longer need a government for Rs 3 rice, a bundle of thread, sheets or blankets. We need our government to eradicate the mece of the foreigners under whose control is in more than 82 constituencies.”
Also present in the meeting were former MLA Titabor Hemanta Kalita, BJP Jorhat district president Kamakhya Mohan Das, former general secretary Rintu Boruah, ticket aspirant Satta Saikia and a host of others.