Silchar, Feb. 20: A day before Narendra Modi’s scheduled rally in Silchar, Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi urged the region’s people not to trust his Gujarat counterpart and accused the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate of making false promises to the nation.
Addressing a public rally at DSA ground in Silchar, Gogoi said: “Narendra Modi will come here in a couple of days and he will make promises which he will not be able to fulfil. Neither the BJP nor Modi has ever kept their words. So, please don’t believe in Modi or the BJP.”
“When the NDA was in power, it never bothered about the communication and networking problems of Assam. After 2001, the road communication in Assam has improved dramatically. Work started only after 2001 and prior to that everything was in poor shape here. During our government’s tenure, communication — be it intra-state connectivity or inter-state communication, including connectivity with Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur — has improved,” Gogoi said.
Focusing on the D-voter issue, Gogoi said the problem was created during the NDA period. “The term D-voter is not right. All of us who live here are Indians. We should collectively try to rehabilitate whoever came here from Bangladesh after facing difficulties there,” he said.
Gogoi also announced a Rs 425-crore project to build a new bridge over Barak river. This project is part of the Rs 1,000-crore package for Barak Valley, which was announced during the last Assembly elections.
Talking about projects like the East-West corridor and laying broad gauge lines, Gogoi said: “These were never a project of the NDA. During Deve Gowda’s rule, which was then supported by the Congress, these projects were taken up and all the major funds were allotted during the Congress period itself. It’s the Manmohan Singh-led cabinet which declared these as national projects.”
Gogoi also declared that an agricultural university would be set up in this region and Rs 10 crore will be sanctioned to upgrade the Silchar DSA.