Chief minister Tarun Gogoi in Sivasagar on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos
Sivasagar, Feb. 8: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi addressed two massive rallies in Sivasagar district and announced a slew of multi-crore development and welfare schemes, as Narendra Modi addressed his rally at Khanapara, barely a few hundred metres from Gogoi’s residence.
“The Modi wave is confined to newspapers and television. He can’t ensure his party’s win in the elections,” he told reporters after addressing the first rally at Sivasagar, 360km from Guwahati.
Dismissing any kind of Modi wave and his prospects of becoming the Prime Minister, Gogoi said, “Wait till the elections. We will show how the Congress will win with a convincing majority. The Opposition will suffer a fate similar to the one witnessed during the Rajya Sabha polls held yesterday.”
The ruling Congress-BPF combine won all the three seats despite not having the numbers and despite the Opposition joining hands to back Independent candidate Haidar Hussain.
The rallies by Modi and Gogoi today have set the tone of the electioneering one would witness in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.
Assam has 14 Lok Sabha seats, of which seven are with the Congress, four with the BJP and one each with the AGP, the BPF and the AIUDF.
The Congress remains well-entrenched in Assam but the spirited bid by Modi to unseat the UPA has seen a divided state Congress close ranks till the polls in which the national party has set a target of winning 12 seats.
Though Gogoi dismissed the Modi wave, Congres leaders were glued to their TV sets watching the Modi rally beamed live.
Gogoi is set to respond to the Modi rally with one in Guwahati on February 16. It will stress the development of youth and women, he said.
At the rally held during the inaugural ceremony of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of Sivasagar Sports Association at Swahid Piyoli Phukan Stadium, Gogoi announced a grant of Rs 20 crore to develop the historical sites, monuments and other tourism destinations of Sivasagar.
He also announced Rs 5 crore to develop the stadium, Rs 30 lakh to construct a public auditorium in memory of late Thaneswar Dutta at Sivasagar, Rs. 5 lakh to construct a basketball court and several other grants for development of Rudrasagar park in Joysagar and a public auditorium at Dolmukh in Sivasagar.
In neighbouring Nazira, 20km from Sivasagar, he inaugurated two water supply schemes and a milk processing plant at Sundarpukhuri in Nazira.
He also laid the foundation stone of an Industrial Technical Institute for women, a water supply scheme, a digital classroom at Nazira College, two RCC bridges, Simaluguri Bazar complex, reconstruction of building of Nazira government higher secondary and multipurpose school and the Simaluguri town protection scheme in Nazira subdivision.
He also announced a grant of Rs 10 lakh for Nazira Chakimukh higher secondary school, Rs 5 lakh for Nazira Tai Ahom Sanskriti VIkas Kendra and Rs 15 lakh for Geleky Badridas Modi Girls High School at a public rally held at Chakimukh in Nazira, 20km from Sivasagar.
The Sivasagar Sports Association celebrated Sports Awareness Day, which was attended by thousands from all over the district.
Chess grandmaster Krishnan Sashikaran and Arjuna awardee Bhogeswar Baruah were among those felicitated on the occasion.