Dhubri, Dec. 23: Only the Congress could ensure development in Dhubri district as neither the BJP nor the AGP or AIUDF were in power at the Centre, said chief minister Tarun Gogoi, while addressing a panchayat election rally at the Dhubri sports complex here today.
Gogoi said the people of the district had been wrong to elect candidates of the AIUDF and other parties that had no clout in the corridors of power in Delhi and Dispur.
He asked everyone to vote for the Congress this panchayat election to witness the change the party could bring in the rural sector.
“The Congress is seeking votes based on its development track record but the AGP, BJP and AIUDF are playing the politics of division on religious lines. The Congress, after coming to power in 2001, has been relentlessly devoted to the wellbeing of the people of the state, irrespective of caste, creed or religion,” he said.
Speaking on illegal influx, Gogoi said there were no Bangladeshis in Assam and the suspected ones had been listed as D-voters in the electoral rolls.
Stating that most D-voters, too, had been found to be genuine Indian citizens by the tribunals, the chief minister assured the people of the district that they would not be harassed in the name of detection of foreigners.
Addressing the rally, forest and panchayat minister Rakibul Hussain, who is also the minister in-charge of the district, alleged that Dhubri MP and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal was indulging in religion-based politics and was responsible for the prolonged unrest in the BTAD.
Hussain said after five days of disturbance, Ajmal had claimed that six to seven lakh Muslims had been affected in the violence, though according to the 2001 census, there are only 2.56 lakh Muslims in the BTAD.
“This statement had become an instrument in the hands of those who wanted to drive out Muslims from the BTAD and prompted L.K. Advani to say that a large number of Bangladeshi nationals had entered the Bodo belt,” he added.
Continuing the attack on Ajmal, Hussain expressed surprise over a recent statement by the AIUDF chief claiming himself to be peer and pundit and said it had hurt the sentiments of Muslims, as many highly revered peers, much above the stature of Ajmal, had never made such claims.
Hussain asked the people to elect Congress candidates to ensure speedy implementation of development schemes at the grassroots level.
PCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita, food and civil supplies minister Nazrul Islam, agriculture minister Nilamoni Sen Deka and parliamentary secretary Abu Taher Bepari also addressed the gathering.