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Sonowal influx jibe at CM

Tezpur, Jan. 20: Assam BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal today said his party wants to develop the state through proper implementation of the panchayati raj system and build a “Bangladeshi-free” state.

Taking a jibe at the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government, Sonowal said the panchayati raj is supposed to be for rural development.

Unfortunately, the government has not done much for the uplift of rural and tea garden people in the past 11 years, though huge sums of money have been siphoned off from funds allotted for development projects, he said, addressing a mammoth gathering last evening at a panchayat poll campaign meeting on the Thelamara Bapuji Bhawan premises, 20km from here.

“Development of rural areas and the tea garden areas, along with the new generation, through innovative policies like proper implementation of the panchayati raj system in the state is our main objective,” he said. “During the past 11 years of Congress rule, a trend of corruption has been created, which has to be eradicated at any cost.”

On influx, Sonowal said the Congress government has always been sheltering Bangladeshis to garner support in the elections.

Thus, an unstable situation has been created in the state.

The safety and security of the indigenous people and the sovereignty of the country have been put at stake.

“At any cost we will have to make our lands free from the clutches of infiltrators and in this regard, the BJP is firm that one day, the people of this region and the country will feel the need for a common initiative in this regard,” he added.

The BJP leader added that chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who was always denying there was not a single Bangladeshi in the state, has finally confessed that infiltration has posed a serious threat to the region, including the BTAD.

“But it is a matter of serious concern that our chief minister still cannot muster the courage to take action against those Bangladeshis as he always has hidden agendas. He has won the election on support of enemies of the soil,” Sonowal told the gathering.

Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan said unless the Congress is removed from power, no one can expect proper development in the state.

The election campaign meeting, held under the aegis of Ritubaran Sarma, was attended by senior BJP leader Ram Prashad Sarma, Uday Medhi, Ganesh Rajbangshi, Deben Swargyari, Jeherul Islam among others.