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Sonowal trains guns on Congress

He said it was because of misappropriation of development schemes by the Congress that common people have remained poor

By Sofikul Ahmed in Goalpara
  • Published 21.04.19, 12:52 AM
  • Updated 21.04.19, 12:52 AM
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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal speaks at the rally on Saturday. Picture by Sofikul Ahmed

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal slammed the Opposition Congress at a campaign rally in West Goalpara’s Lakhipur on Saturday.

“The Congress, which has ruled both at the Centre and state for almost 55 years, has failed to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people of Assam. They have betrayed us. They made promises but didn’t fulfil them. It is because of their divisive policies that a majority and minority community has been created in the society,” Sonowal said.

He said it was because of misappropriation of development schemes by the Congress that common people have remained poor and Congress leaders have become rich.

Reacting to the common allegation levelled by the Congress that BJP is an anti-Muslim party, Sonowal said, “It is during the tenure of Congress that many communal riots have taken place in which religious minorities lost their lives. But under the BJP, every caste, community and religion is safe.”

Criticising the affinity between the Congress and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Sonowal said, “The Congress and AIUDF are two sides of the same coin. Once they come to power, they divide the society in the name of language or ethnicity.”

Sonowal told the crowd that 21 new residential educational institutions would be set up in the state, including nine exclusively for women, each costing Rs 30 crore.

Meanwhile, Assam agriculture minister and president of Asom Gana Parishad Atul Bora also appealed to voters to make their common candidate, Javed Islam, win.

Dhubri is going to polls on April 23. The two other prominent candidates in the fray are sitting MP and AIUDF supremo Badruddin Ajmal and Congress candidate Abu Taher Bepari. The Dhubri Lok Sabha seat encompasses three districts — Dhubri, Goalpara and Mankachar.