Dhubri, Oct. 20: Assam BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal said the state would be free of “foreigners” if the party came to power in New Delhi in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.
Addressing a news conference at Dhubri district library auditorium today, Sonowal said it was chief minister Tarun Gogoi who had once asked who Badruddin Ajmal was. But now he is busy rectifying his own mistakes and hobnobbing with the AIUDF chief to promote his son’s political future in the state, he added.
“The Congress and AIUDF are two sides of the same coin, both working to protect the interest of Bangladeshis staying illegally in the state at the cost of the indigenous people,” Sonowal said. He alleged that Gogoi had failed to protect the Assamese peopleand instead was making efforts to save the party’s vote bank by negating the presence of Bangladeshis in Assam.
The dissidence in the Congress was the fallout of the unequal share of money from the syndicate among the legislators and ministers which came to light during the high voltage drama enacted yesterday during the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting chaired by the chief minister, Sonowal said. The state BJP president also expressed concern over the inaction by the government against the rampant cattle smuggling to Bangladesh from Dhubri district and pumping of Indian fake currencies in the state from Bangladesh.
Earlier, Sonowal handed over a Rs 5 lakh cheque to the parents of Bibhuti Roy, an (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) ITBP jawan, who died in chopper crash during rescue operation near Kedarnath in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand in June. Sonowal held several meetings with grassroots-level party workers in the Dhubri district library auditorium.
Nearly 700 workers of 10 Assembly constituencies of Dhubri parliamentary constituency attended the meeting.