Modi to continue aggressive poll campaign in two non-BJP states
New Delhi: Continuing the aggressive poll campaigning in non-BJP states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in Assam and one in West Bengal on Sunday in a bid to woo voters in the assembly elections with his development agenda.
Modi, who will address Mann ki Baat in the morning, will address a rally in Rangapara and Panchgram both in Congress-ruled Assam and then go on to address a gathering in Kharagpur in Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal.
Flagging off his campaign for BJP in state poll, Modi on Saturday outlined 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.
Wooing voters in Assam with a promise of "fast all-round development", Modi said his fight was not against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi but 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 here 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. "My fight is not against Gogoi but against poverty, corruption and destruction of Assam. I am not fighting against any individual," he said, adding "there is only one 'anand' (joy) in Assam, it is Sarbananda."
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 2-phase elections will be held on April 4 and April 11.
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.