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Gogoi fights Modi with white paper

Guwahati, March 17: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi today released a white paper making a comparison between contributions made by the NDA and UPA governments towards development of Assam.

The white paper is an attempt by the Congress government in the state to expose Narendra Modi’s “lies” about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not doing anything for Assam.

Addressing a poll rally here on February 8, Narendra Modi accused Manmohan Singh of doing nothing for Assam, which he represented in Rajya Sabha for the last 23 years.

“Assam was in a precarious state during the tenure of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre on various fronts, such as deteriorating law and order, sagging financial condition, deplorable condition of roads and bridges, educational and health institutions, rural development and alarming unemployment problem,” Gogoi said.

“Grave injustice was meted out to Assam by the Eleventh Finance Commission constituted during the NDA rule. Assam got a meagre Rs 13,280 crore from the Commission. During the 12th and 13th Finance Commissions constituted under the UPA rule, Assam received a staggering Rs 24,329 crore and Rs 57,832 crore respectively,” he said.

The white paper mentioned that total transfer of money to Assam from the Centre during the tenure of the NDA was Rs 27,296 crore against the UPA’s whopping Rs 1,42,881 crore.

It further stated that the state got only two externally-aided projects during NDA rule, compared to 11 during the UPA regime.

“Modi’s love for Assam is confined to lip-service only,” Gogoi said.

“When there is so much talk about Modi tea, I would like to know what the BJP did for the welfare of tea workers and development of the tea industry in the state when it was in power,” he said.

The chief minister further said the NDA government left out important towns of Assam, such as Nagaon, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, among others, from the East-West Corridor.

“The NDA government did not provide sufficient funds for the gas cracker project and the Bogibeel bridge, resulting in inordinate delay,” the chief minister alleged.

He said not a single institution of national importance came up during the NDA regime while many such institutions, like the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, National Institute of Design, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology, National Law School and Judicial Academy and the North East Regional Centre of Lakshimibai National Institute of Physical Education were established when the UPA was in power at the Centre.

“The facts and figures in the white paper strongly refute Narendra Modi’s hollow contention that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not do anything worthwhile for Assam,” he said.

“We leave it to the people to decide for themselves which government is more concerned about their well-being as we believe that people are the best judge,” he said.

Exuding confidence about a good show by the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls in Assam, Gogoi said their target is to win 12 of the 14 seats. He said he is sure that they will win not less than 10 seats.