SILCHAR, March 4: Overwhelmed by the crowd at the public meeting, Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, looked confident to say “Congress will come to power again”. He too chose to target rendra Modi who only made speeches and promises, but no work. He reminded the assurances of Modi during the last parliamentary election campaign to grant citizenship to the minority refugees and to remove detention camps. He asked where the promises have gone. Congress government does not make any distinction between Barak and Brahmaputra valleys.
Gogoi said, “If there is no development of Barak Valley, how can Assam develop?” He could not forget packages which facilitated his party to win 13 of the 15 assembly seats in this valley. He promised, “Vote us, more packages will follow.” He declared grant of Rs.2 crore for the renovation and upkeep of martyrs column at Gandhi Bag raised in memory of the 11 martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of mother tongue Bengali. It is his government which has solved unemployment problems and worked for the betterment of women, children, youths and workers.
All the industries in Barak Valley have come up under Congress government. Tarun Gogoi promised one agriculture college and another engineering college for this zone. But, he made it clear, “I need your help to make this valley more developed. Priority will be given to special planning once elected to power.” He claimed a wave is in Brahmaputra Valley in support of Congress, now it is seen here also and gives the sigl “we will win all the 15 seats”.
APCC president Anjan Dutta was more assertive when he said ‘wave of development is going on under Tarun Gogoi’. He called upon the gathering to strengthen Congress to meet the growing challenges of intolerance and commulism. He called Assam a mini India where there is no place for sectarian and divisive elements. He brought in the package of Rs.1000 crore of CM and said work is on. He is aware BJP is trying to play politics in the me of religion in this valley described by Indira Gandhi as an island of peace. Let peace come and cautioned the people not to be swayed away by the promises and assurances of BJP leaders.
Pawan Singh Ghatowar, former union minister, who also spoke expressed his confidence that Congress under Tarun Gogoi will repeat 2011. Sushmita Dev, MP, who was virtually at the centre stage of attraction, in her brief preface set the pace for the speeches of Rahul Gandhi and all other distinguished persolities on the dais. The largely attended public meeting was held at DSA ground here.