Victory of secular, progressive forces: Gogoi
By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, Nov 8: Emboldened by the defeat of the BJP in Bihar, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today ruled out any pre-poll alliance in the State and said the Congress will fight the upcoming elections on its own.
"The Bihar election results showed that the people are now convinced that Prime Minister rendra Modi's promises are hollow," Gogoi said, insisting that the Congress will now "get more seats" in the State.
He said the people of Bihar gave an overwhelming mandate in favour of the grand alliance at a time when intolerance and hatred are on the rise. Terming the verdict as victory of secular, progressive forces, Gogoi said, "At a time when commul and divisive forces are on the rise, the verdict of the people of Bihar is a resounding victory of secular, progressive forces."
Gogoi said the victory of the grand alliance at the hustings has exposed the hollowness of Prime Minister rendra Modi's development poll plank. "The people of Bihar had seen that the acche din the Modi-led Government had promised to usher in, failed to see the light of day. The BJP and its allies' efforts to lure people with largesse failed as the people of Bihar could see through their gameplan and gave a resounding mandate against them," he said, adding that during the tenure of the present dispensation at the Centre, no State could make any progress.
Taking a dig at the State BJP unit, he said it is being run by "hired leaders".
To a question regarding the nine Congress legislators who recently joined the BJP, Gogoi said, "It is good that they are gone. They were hampering development in their constituencies. I will expose them - what work they did in their constituencies and how rich they became. And now they are calling us corrupt."
APCC president Anjan Dutta said Assam is the land of Shankardeva and Ajan Fakir. "People will give a mandate against the BJP's intolerance even in Assam," Dutta said.
Meanwhile, rattled by the Bihar poll debacle, the Bharatiya Jata Party (BJP) has called for a "serious introspection."
"The Bihar result needs serious introspection. It has really surprised us…but this is unlikely to have its impact in the coming assembly election in other states," said BJP's Assam in-charge Mahendra Singh.