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Mahanta slams Cong on growth

Nagaon, Dec. 12: Former Assam chief minister and AGP president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today came down heavily on the Congress for its failure to ensure proper development of the state.

The party chief alleged that the Tarun Gogoi-led government totally failed to bring in development to the region and deprived the people from the benefits of Centre-sponsored programmes because of largescale funds bungling.

Mahanta along with senior party leaders addressed a rally at Dimoruguri, which is close to his constituency Barhampur, in Nagaon district.

More than 10,000 party supporters gathered in the first public rally of Mahanta in the district since he took over presidentship again this year.

“Since Independence, the Congress has ruled the state for the longest tenure. Its divide-and-rule policy has damaged the social structure of the region. There should be substance in the work and policies of the government, which is unfortunately missing from the work of the party that has been in power since 2001,” Mahanta said.

Two party general secretaries — Durga Das Boro and Atul Bora — also participated in the rally. “We received a very good response from the people during our recent series of rallies. We hope the people of Assam will teach the Congress a lesson in the forthcoming panchayat election,” Durga Das Boro said.

“Today’s public meeting is part of our rallies before the upcoming panchayat election. We plan to organise more such rallies in Mahanta’s home district. Our focus is to streamline the network before the panchayat and general elections,” senior party leader Atul Sarma said.

Mahanta’s second term as AGP president is expected to give a new dimension to the party’s organisational network in at least two central Assam districts.

“We want him to visit these districts frequently so that grassroots-level supporters could have easy access to the top leader,” a party worker said.