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Assam Congress on Saturday condemned BJP’s 20-day celebration of PM Narendra Modi’s birthday at a time when the boat tragedy at Nimati Ghat is “still fresh in everyone’s mind”.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) working president Rana Goswami in a press statement on Saturday said, “At a time when hearts are heavy with the boat tragedy at Nimati Ghat and tears are still flowing, APCC considers such a lavishly planned 20-day birthday celebration to be unnecessary and uncalled for.”

“We are appalled by the insensitive ways of a government which is not concerned about people’s pain and suffering, hopes and aspirations. We want a reprieve from all such kinds of humiliation,” Goswami said.

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He said the grief of relatives of those, who embraced untimely death in the Brahmaputra in the Nimati Ghat boat tragedy is still raw, the tears have not dried yet but “the 20-day celebration of PM Modi’s birthday has started”.

Goswami continued: “This proves that the BJP is absolutely drunk on power and has forgotten the misery of the people. The question arises – whether power makes people forget humanity?”

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The news about the 20-day birthday celebration of PM Modi brings to mind certain things, especially his speeches and evaluation of the work done by him since 2013-14, the former Jorhat MLA said.

“We have noticed a vast difference between his speeches and the actual work done. Here, we will mention 20 failed promises Modi made to the people of India and to the people of Assam,” he further said.

He crtiticised PM Modi for the withdrawal of money from the RBI.

“We know that in 1962, we went to war against China; in 1965, we fought against Pakistan; in 1972, there was another war against Pakistan and in 1999, we fought the Kargil War. But even during the time of all these wars, no Prime Minister ever took out a single rupee from the RBI,” the APCC working president said.

“At different times in history, pandemics and various difficulties across the world affected our country also but no Prime Minister spent money deposited in the RBI. But, what is the condition of the economy at present and what is the Prime Minister doing about it?” he questioned.

“In 2019, an amount of Rs 1,76,00,000 crores and another of Rs 99,122 crores in 2021 were withdrawn. Who took out the money? Why was it withdrawn? To wage how many wars? To eat what was this done? To travel where was this money withdrawn? Modi has a lot to answer for this act of his,” he added.

He said, “During 2013-14, PM Modi had opposed foreign investment and criticized the then PM, Manmohan Singh but we all know what he is doing now. Now the country is open to 100% FDI.”

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