I make promises, I keep them: PM
Silchar, March 27: Campaigning in the State for the second consecutive day, Prime Minister rendra Modi was today overwhelmed by a huge turn-out at a rally at Kaligar ground near Katakhal in Hailakandi district.
The Prime Minister said that the rally, christened ‘Vijay Sankalpa Samavesh’, “is an indication of the people’s state of mind”.
“It appears that no Congress MLA will be able to enter the assembly this time,” he said.
Modi went hammer and tongs at Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, “for announcing packages for Barak Valley worth crores of rupees but not doing anything on the ground”.
“What have you got from the packages? Have you seen anything?” Modi asked the crowd.
“But the Chief Minister says the BJP cannot see the development as its vision is blurred. People have the right to ask and receive explation if no development takes place even after allotment of huge funds,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the “people of Assam have suffered a lot and need change now”. He expressed surprise that despite being abundant in tural resources, the State, ruled by the Congress for 55 long years, is having to face a crisis of drinking water and power.
“The simple people of this State have simply been taken for a ride in the me of development. The Congress will have to answer for all its misdeeds. It is this factor which has reduced its numbers from 400 MPs to 44 MPs in Parliament, and this has upset Congress leaders. This is also an indication of how people are fed up with Congress misrule and non-performance,” he said.
Modi said he was told that the State government cut off electricity to prevent the people from watching Modi’s rally at Rangapara.
“The Assam government cannot stop people from seeing and hearing me on TV channels as I am in the heart and soul of the people. Why should Tarun Gogoi be afraid of me?” he said.
Mixing irony with banter, Modi sent a word of solicitation to Gogoi, saying, “You will be made to relax at your home after the assembly polls.”
He said the NDA government allots abundant rice to Assam to be distributed to the poor at a subsidized rate of Rs 2 per kg. But even the rice meant for the poor does the vanishing act, he alleged, stating that the Gogoi government should not play politics over such issues.
Worried at the problem of unemployment in Assam, Modi alleged that during 15 years of Congress rule, some 32,000 small industries have shut down, rendering thousands jobless.
On the East-West Corridor, better known as Silchar-Saurashtra Mahasadak, now caught in the red-tapism of the State government, Modi said the project would be completed soon and that work would be expedited after the assembly elections.
He recalled it was he who laid the foundation stone of the East-West Corridor at Porbandar in Gujarat as Chief Minister and he would iugurate it as Prime Minister. “This Mahasadak will be a historic connectivity. It goes beyond my comprehension why Cachar Paper Mill should be locked down. The Tarun Gogoi government owes an explation to the people,” he said.
“I make promises and I keep them. I assured to connect this valley with broad gauge and it was done in 12 months. The Congress kept it hanging for 18 long years,” he said.