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Gogoi welfare salvo at Modi

Dhemaji, April 2: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today fired another salvo at his Gujarat counterpart saying Narendra Modi does not “know anything about the villages in Dhemaji”.

“Narendra Modi does not know about the villages in Dhemaji district, neither does BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal who once contested on an AGP ticket,” Gogoi said while addressing an election rally at College Field in Silapathar here.

A crowd of about 5,000, mainly college students, turned up for the rally. Interestingly, the venue of the rally was in front of the BJP party office here.

Gogoi reached Silapathar around 10.30am and addressed the gathering for an hour. “Dhemaji district is plagued by problems and lags far behind compared to other districts of Assam. But we have tried to bring development in the area. Our candidate Ranee Narah is close to Sonia Gandhi and her victory will bring more development.”

Silapathar under Dhemaji district in Jonai Assembly constituency is 510km from Guwahati. Slamming Modi’s talk on the Gujarat model of development, Gogoi said: “Modi talks about development but the actual scenario is different. Children in Gujarat are still malnourished and education is yet to reach the masses.”

He appealed to Modi to visit Assam’s remote areas and take note of its development. Gogoi said Jonai constituency, under Lakhimpur, was deprived at the time when the BJP was in power at the Centre and the AGP in the state.

On the achievements during his tenure, he said: “Our employees are getting salaries and pensions regularly, roads in remote areas have been constructed, jobs have been created in various departments. Besides, we have created 19 development councils.”

Gogoi also alleged that the BJP had links with insurgent groups, including the NDFB (Songbijit). “They even have the support of Akhil Gogoi,” he said.

On Jonai MLA Pradan Baruah and Dumduma MLA Raju Sahu, the dissident legislators, Gogoi said they are with the party.