| Sarbananda Sonowal at the news conference in Dhubri on Sunday. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, March 6: Sarbananda Sonowal today promised to restore Dhubri’s lost glory if the BJP was voted to power, while attacking the Congress for winning elections riding on the votes of illegal immigrants.
Addressing a news conference at the Dhubri district BJP office, Sonowal spoke of the district as one which has always been a place of importance — a vibrant centre of trade and commerce since the days of the British Raj.
But the Congress did nothing for the district since the country’s independence 63 years ago, he alleged.
“I know the problems of this area as I, along with central government officials, visited the Indo-Bangla border several times to inspect the barbed-wire fencing, and it was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had said fencing would be completed by 2006. But it is yet to be completed,” Sonowal said.
Expressing surprise over the delay in erection of the 272-km border fencing in Assam, he cited the example of fencing along the 300km Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan, which was completed within six months.
He said it has been almost 10 years now since fencing started in Assam and it was still nowhere near completion.
Sonowal said the Congress neither wants to stop infiltration across the border, nor update the NRC, because it had always come to power with votes of illegal immigrants, and was still wooing them to win the forthcoming Assembly elections.
He said the Congress government was involved in corruption cases amounting to Rs 20,000-crore.
If the BJP came to power, it would order an inquiry and get the involved officials and leaders booked, he said.
Asked about his vision for the state, Sonowal said former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had already given the country a glimpse of the BJP’s vision through schemes like the East-West and North-South corridors and the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Rojgar Yojana, which changed the country’s economy.
Besides these, he said the BJP would accord priority to modernisation of education by introducing quality-based technological education and also focus on the agro-economy, to give a fillip to farmers of the state.
He said dredging of the Brahmaputra was another priority, as the river offered a lot of potential for industries like pisciculture, navigation and hydrology, which are yet to be harnessed.
Dredging would also stop occurrence of floods and erosion.
He also addressed a booth member conference at Dhubri District Library auditorium and visited Golokganj Assembly constituency.