Rangapara(Assam) : Highlighting his agenda of development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday came down heavily on the Congress regime in Assam and alleged that the ruling party in the state has betrayed the people and their aspirations in the last 15 years.
Prime Minister Modi, who was addressing a rally at Rangapara in Sonitpur district, said that there is a strong wind of change in Assam which will uproot the Congress and its 15 years of misrule.
“Why has this place not received the development it deserves? Who has made Assam poor? For 15 years, the people reposed faith in them but they betrayed the people and their aspirations,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi assured the voters that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would repay their love with development in Assam.
He also used the occasion to take a jibe at former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who represents the state in Rajya Sabha.
“Fifteen years in Assam, 60 years at the Centre and a PM from here for a decade… But please tell us what you (Congress) did for Assam? Lack of good governance in Assam for 15 years will end and there’ll be a new dawn of progress in Assam,” he said.
The Prime Minister further said that he was in Assam to fight corruption and poverty and not Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Reaching out to the voters of Assam, the Prime Minister said it is his dream that all citizens have a house of their own by 2022.
“Why the poor did not have access to banks?…The Centre gave money to the Assam Government to build houses for poor but only one-third of that money was used,” he said.
The Prime Minister will later in the day address a rally in Barak Valley, which is extremely crucial for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) because it is contesting alone on all the 15 seats of valley going to polls in the first phase on April 4.
Adequate security arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident.
The Election Commission has announced two-phase polling for the 14th Assam assembly elections on April 4 and 11. The votes will be counted on May 19. (ANI)