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Accord focus in Trinamul manifesto

Guwahati, April 9: Two days after the end of the first phase of polling for five Lok Sabha seats in Assam, the state unit of Trinamul Congress released their election manifesto today with promises like implementation of the Assam Accord and according ST status to six communities.

Actor and Trinamul candidate for Gauhati constituency, Biju Phukan and party general secretary Kailash Sarma released the manifesto, along with two other office-bearers at the party head office in Panjabari here.

The Trinamul Congress state unit president, Dwipen Pathak, however, was absent.

Phukan said owing to “lack of communication” among party leaders, there was a delay in releasing the manifesto.

Apart from implementing the Assam Accord and according ST status to six communities, the party favours construction of small dams in the Northeast to generate electricity instead of big dams.

The party manifesto promises to take steps to tackle flood and erosion by declaring them as national problems, protect Majuli and make Assam corruption-free and develop infrastructure.

The party has also promised to develop Guwahati as one of the most prominent cities in the country.

“Barring a few, Assam has not got MPs who can raise the problems of the state in Parliament. If our candidates are elected, we will raise the problems,” said Sarma.

He said Trinamul workers were trying hard to increase the party base so it can play a key role in forming the government after the Assembly elections in 2016.

Phukan spoke about the Centre’s negligence when it comes to the region.

“You all know how the Centre looks down upon the Northeast. I will not say all political parties as bad. But even a person with no political affiliation will say that development is nil in Assam,” he said.

Phukan said funds, which are released for development of the state, are siphoned off midway.

“We do not know where these funds go,” he said. Phukan said although the publicity by Trinamul was low key than other parties, he was hopeful of giving a good fight after many people came forward to support him.

Sarma said they were hopeful of bringing Mithun Chakraborty as a star campaigner for the Brahmaputra valley.