Taking on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the grand old party of duping Assam for 70 years.
Speaking at his second rally in Assam, at Ghahigaon in Gohpur, Modi said, “The youth of Congress have learned how to dupe the people of Assam from the old leaders, who have cheated Assam every time. It has betrayed the confidence of the Assamese population,” Modi said.
Modi said he could not claim that he had done all the work necessary in five years.
“When those who have ruled for 70 years are not able to make these claims, how can I claim the same? I have come to seek your blessings once again to complete what is left,” said the Prime Minister.
Remembering two stalwarts of India in his speech, Modi said, “Had it not been for Sardar Patel or Gopinath Bordoloi, Assam would not have been what it is today.”
Modi, who began his speech by invoking Bhupen Hazarika, thanked the audience for turning up in large numbers.
He alleged that the very people who are protesting against the chowkidar are ones who are opposed to India.
Making references to the scams that have come to the fore during the Congress’s rule, Modi said,
“Michel mama, Quattrochi mama…do you believe in people who will bring the nation into the nexus of uncles and nephews?” he asked to applauding audiences.
The Prime Minister in his speech lists ‘achievements’ by his government and said, “Today, the poor in Assam are getting pucca houses, poor sisters are getting gas connections and small farmers are getting Rs 6,000 every year.”
Modi on Saturday began his election campaign in Northeast , starting from Arunachal Pradesh. He addressed a public meeting in Aalo in West Siang district of the state.
Modi in Gohpur addressed the poll rally for BJP’s Lakhimpur parliamentary constituency candidate Pradan Baruah and Tezpur constituency nominee Pallab Lochan Das.
Earlier in the day, he also spoke at a mass rally in Moran as part of poll campaign for BJP’s Jorhat candidate Topon Gogoi and Dibrugarh nominee Rameswar Teli.