Former CM Tarun Gogoi. (File image)

The Congress has set a target of winning 80 out of 126 seats in the Assembly polls in Assam in 2021 and planned to reach out to the people.

“We have set the ‘Mission 80’ for 2021 and will start work from now to achieve this target. This is a very serious challenge and not easy, but we are ready to take it,” former chief minister Tarun Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati on Monday.

Gogoi said the main strategy to re-capture power in 2021 will be re-establishing contact with people and strengthening the booth committees for that.

He admitted that the party became complacent after being in power from 2001 to 2016.

“We can learn from the RSS that how they maintain connect with the people. We will visit each home and enquire about peoples’ problems and see if the facilities promised by the BJP government have actually been delivered or not. We will have to spend more time in villages,” he added.

The former chief minister said the Congress too had Seva Dal, Bharat Yuvak Samaj and other social organisations like the various branches of the RSS, but these have become inactive over the years.

“We need to revive our ground contact with the people. We have to listen to their grievances and accommodate them in our plan of actions. Then they will accept us again,” he said.

When asked who will take the leadership for its ‘Mission 80’ target, Gogoi said, “I will take leadership from the front.”

Gogoi alleged that the BJP wants to have a single- party rule in the entire country with the help of money and muscle powers, but it is a danger to democracy.

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