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BJP on the back foot for panchayat polls: Congress

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Doomdooma, April 1: The Bhartiya Jata Party (BJP) is on the back foot for the forthcoming Panchayat election in Assam. So they are attempting to postpone it to a later date. This was alleged by State Congress president Ripun Bora while addressing a party workers meet at Rajiv Bhavan on Friday. Bora reached Doomdooma after addressing  a series of meetings at Dibrugarh, Duliajan and Sadiya as a part of his programme to trigger the campaign for the ensuing Panchayat election in upper Assam. Bora said that the purpose of his visit was to organize the party workers and to give wide publicity of the party programmes to the people. When asked about the election manifesto, Bora said that it would have three-fold agenda covering tiol, State and local issues.
Making a scathing attack on the working of the State BJP government, he said that the present regime sought to demolish the Assam Women’s University (AWU) set up by the previous Congress government in Jorhat in 2013. “Although State Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma always makes tall claims, yet there has not been any marked improvement in health and education sectors,” he said. “Same is the scerio in the case of women empowerment also,” he added.
To drive home his point Bora pointed out that even after expiry of three years, the BJP- led NDA government had failed to pass the women reservation bill in the Parliament. Along with the State Congress president, the meeting was also attended by former DoNER minister and president of Asam Chah Mazdoor Sangha Paban Singh Ghatowar, former labour minister Prithvi Majhi, local MLA Durga Bhumij and former MLA Durlav Chamua.

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