SHILLONG, Feb 17: Opposition leader from Assam Debabrata Saikia today attacked the BJP for not being able to deliver its promises and spreading lies that the Congress has done nothing through massive advertisement in social media.
“During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, rendra Modi promised two crore jobs in the country but due to the imposition of GST and demonetisation one crore of people lost their jobs. GST has posed burden on many industries and companies who had to close their businesses,” Saikia said at an election rally at Betasing under Ampati constituency, where Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma is pitted against BJP candidate Bakul Hajong.
Saikia spoke at the rally in Assamese as 40 per cent people in the constituency belong to the Koch and the Hajong communities.
Attacking BJP for propagating lies against Congress, the firebrand Assam MLA said, “They are blaming Congress for lack of development. Let me remind them that during the 60 years of Congress rule, India developed to a great extent. The contribution of Congress from Independence to India’s growth and success is unimagible. We have made advances in all sectors, we have made India a super power and have made advances in scientific research, while the BJP is spending crores to build huge statues”.
Saikia accused Modi of reming 28 ambitious programmes taken up during the Congress Government at the Centre. “They are good only in reming and creating advertisement spending public money. The Congress party believes in uplifting socio-economic condition of the people and not marketing”, he added.
Lambasting BJP, Saikia made an attempt to enlighten the people that Modi had decided to scrap MGNREGA scheme, which provides 100 days of guaranteed wage employment for initiating development in rural India.
“Modi faced criticism for the decision from different parts of the world because MGNREGA is one of the best programmes every started by any Government in the world”, he said.
He cautioned the electorates against BJP, who are all out to tarnish the image of Congress party. “Under the leadership of chief minister Mukul Sangma Meghalaya has marched ahead in different spheres of development”, he said while highlighting that in Meghalaya 222 villages were connected with pucca road under PMGSY and 1000 villages were completely electrified in the last five years.
He told that even the Modi Government has praised Meghalaya by awarding award for best agriculture practices for three consecutive terms. “Farmers of Meghalaya are hard working and with the cooperation of the farmers, Meghalaya has set a trend in the development of agriculture sector”, he added.
Terming the BJP as a threat to the cultural integrity of the country, he said, “BJP wants to create own rules to govern the tion. We should never allow this to happen”.
He urged the people not to be misguided and repose their faith in Congress party and ensure the victory of Mukul Sangma for the sixth terms from Ampati constituency.