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Not a Hindu CM, Gogoi tells rally

Dhubri, April 21: Tarun Gogoi today said he was a Hindu but not a Hindu chief minister during a rally at Chandakhola near Dhubri.

“I am Hindu but not a Hindu chief minister as I am responsible for the well-being of all communities living in Assam irrespective of caste, creed and religion,” he said in Bengali during the rally where he arrived three-and-half hours late.

Gogoi said he was discharging his raj dharma (state duty), making a veiled attack on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi who once in a TV interview reportedly said he was a Hindu nationalist.

“Badruddin Ajmal ke biswas korben na, or kache hazar hazar koti taka, kintu koy paisa diyechhe apna der ke? (Do not trust Ajmal, he has crores of rupees but how much has he ever given you),” Gogoi asked the gathering.

“I am seeking your votes as I have done a lot for the minority people living here. But to get all these benefit, you must cast your vote in favour of our candidate (Wazed Ali Choudhury) to form a Congress government at the Centre.” “Choudhury is a local man who lived here with you but Ajmal is from Hojai and lives in Mumbai and Dubai. Do you prefer outsider over the local?” Gogoi asked.

Addressing the rally, Congress candidate from Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency, Wazed Ali Choudhury attacked Ajmal and alleged that he failed as an MP. He could not utilise his MP local area development fund, he added.

Gogoi also addressed rallies at Sahebganj and Kachakhana of Dhubri district today.

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