Modi going full steam in Assam to topple Gogoi
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going full steam in his Assembly election in Assam to topple Tarun Gogoi's Congress government that has ruled the state for 15 years even as anti-incumbency waves are visible from the first phase of poll when more than three-fourth of the voters turned out.
Addressing a rally in Raha, Modi attacked the Congress leadership saying the country has suffered due to 'backseat driving' and 'remote control' of Gandhi family and warned people of the northeastern state of Assam against an unstable government in the state.
Asking Assamese people to elect a BJP-led government with absolute majority and defeat the forces which were spreading rumours to create political instability in Assam and stop the state from embarking on the path of development.
Attacking former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his statement that his government believed in more work than mere talk, Modi said, "What he said was true and the scams of his period have started speaking now."
MODI VOWS TO END DROUGHT
Amid water crisis and protest in some parts of the country, Modi said his government was working on a plan to irrigate parched farmlands in order to arrive at a permanent solution to drought in many parts of the country. "We are working on a big scheme to bring water to farmlands. We need to have a permanent solution to the drought," he said at an election rally in Rangia.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, northern Karnataka, South-Western Uttar Pradesh have been under the grip of severe water crisis and hundreds of farmers have committed suicide in the recent past.
Modi also said that eastern India would witness a second agricultural revolution. "The revolution will take place in Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam and the Northeast. We are working on this direction," he said.
He said that the NDA government would electrify around 18,000 villages in the next 1,000 days. "In Assam, there are around 3,000 villages where no electric pole has reached. In the last 3-4 months, over 900 villages across India have got electricity. The rest will be done in the coming days," he said.
Attacking the ruling Congress government in the state, the Prime Minister said people of Assam suffered from a shortage of sufficient drinking water despite having a river like Brahmaputra.
On Friday, Modi addressed rallies in Raha, Rangia, Sarbhog and Guwahati.
On March 27, Modi started his aggressive poll campaigning in non-BJP states--Assam and West Bengal to woo voters in the assembly elections with his development agenda. On April 7, he addressed rallies in West Bengal where he highlighted that the ruling Trinamool Congress was in hand in glove with Left and Congress parties.
While drawing attention of voters to slow progress in the eastern states, Modi is outlining his government's resolve to fight corruption and end poverty while emphasizing on the development agenda.
Modi embarked on the poll campaign for state assembly elections starting in Assam where BJP wants to ride a wave of incumbency and topple the Congress government that is ruling the state for the last 15 years. BJP's optimism comes after a gala show at the Lok Sabha polls where it cornered 7 out of 14 seats.
The BJP is contesting on 91 of 126 assembly constituencies of the state.
In Assam, Modi promised of "fast all-round development"and his resolve against "poverty, corruption and destruction" of the state under Congress rule. "I have three agendas. Development, fast development and all-round development," he said at an election rally in March as he hit the campaign trail and claimed his government had allocated many times more funds for state's infrastructure than the previous governments.
While taking a swipe at 79-year-old Gogoi, Modi canvassed for BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, describing him as one of his best ministers.
While pointing out that Assam was among the five most prosperous states after Independence but is among the five least developed states now, Modi said: "You give me five years, you give Sarbananda five years and BJP and its allies will pull Assam out of its difficulty."
The son of a tea seller, Modi tried to connect with the crowd in tea-growing Assam saying he sold their tea to energise others and due to this he shares a special bond with the people of Assam.
Assembly polls in four states—Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Kerala—and Puducherry are scheduled during April 4 to May 16. The entire election process will be completed by May 21.
In Assam, the second phase of elections will be held April 11 after the first phase was held on April 4.
West Bengal will have 6-phases of polls starting April 4 and April 11. The Phase-II elections will be held on April 17, Phase-III on April 21. Phase-IV on April 25, the Phase-V on April 30 and the Phase-VI on May 5.
Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will have a single-phase election on May 16.