Sonowal versus Gogoi
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal (file photo) and (right) former chief minister Tarun Gogoi during an interview with ‘Northeast Now’ Editor-in-Chief Anirban Roy on his show ‘The Fourth Pillar’.

Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has ranked the performance of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal below five on a scale of one to ten.

Gogoi revealed this during a one-to-one interview with Northeast Now Editor-in-Chief Anirban Roy on his show ‘The Fourth Pillar’.

“This is not my opinion but the opinion of the people of Assam. These days wherever the chief minister goes he is shown black flags or demonstration. This means that he has failed miserably to meet the hopes and expectations of people. So his performance is below average,” Gogoi said.

Gogoi further said health, education, and PWD minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has also failed to deliver after joining the BJP.

“You see the condition of roads…It’s deplorable. Even in education and health, he has failed to deliver,” Gogoi said.

The former chief minister also slammed the BJP-led government on the economic front and said while the government has failed to create jobs, here are job cuts, adding to the unemployment problem of the state.

“The BJP government has not taken any steps to encourage industry in Assam. Rather they have taken away or stopped the incentives given to the industries in our time,” he said.

“The agriculture sector is suffering as the government has not been able to prioritize the sector. Agri distress has increased in the state,” he said.

Touching upon the subject of flood and erosion, the former Assam CM said although the Congress government had tried to create an inter-state authority to jointly take up the issues of trans-boundary rivers, the current government has failed to initiate the idea.

“The Centre has also reduced the fund allocation to Assam to tackle the flood and erosion problems,” Gogoi added.