| Chief minister Tarun Gogoi dances with performers at the rally in Golaghat on Saturday. Telegraph picture |
Golaghat, March 29: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is leaving no stone unturned to ensure his son’s victory in Kaliabor Lok Sabha constituency.
Gogoi, accompanied by his wife Dolly and son Gaurav, attended two back-to-back election rallies here today.
The first rally was held in the general field of Golaghat town, from where Gogoi went on to Halmira under Khumtai legislative constituency for the second one.
Addressing the rallies, Gogoi said Gaurav was not just his son, but belonged to the people of Kaliabor. He said he had “dedicated” his son to that constituency because his political career owed everything to Kaliabor.
It was from Kaliabor that Gogoi became a Union minister and has been serving as chief minister after winning from Titabar Assembly thrice. He sought the same love and blessings for his son as well.
Criticising the BJP, Gogoi said the Opposition party is not at all concerned about the development of the tea tribes. “It was I who has made Rupam Kurmi, a lady belonging to a tea tribe, a minister, and also made Prithibi Majhi, who also happens to be from the same community, the Speaker,” Gogoi said.
He also cited the example of Paban Singh Ghatowar, a former Union minister in the UPA government.
Gaurav appealed to the people present in the rallies to build a fortress so that the so-called Modi storm could not damage the age-old unity and brotherhood that exists among the people of the state.
He said at a time when the people were witnessing all-round development of the state, it was impossible to lure them with the promise of the “Gujarat model”.
“We are confident that the people will elect all our 14 candidates this time,” Gaurav added.
The rallies were addressed by state PWD minster Ajanta Neog, MLA of Khumtai Bismita Gogoi, MLA of Bokakhat Arun Phukan and MLA of Dergaon Aroti Kachari Hazarika, among others.
They were presided over by Ajit Barua, the president of Golaghat district Congress.
Health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today appealed to the people of Tezpur parliamentary constituency to vote for Congress candidate Bhupen Kumar Bora to bring development in the constituency.
Bora, local MLA Rajen Borthakur and minority leader Abdul Aziz attended the election rally.