Former chief minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi in a no holds barred attack lambasted Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, and the BJP and took a swipe at Himanta Bishwa Sarma at a press meet here today.
Denouncing Sonowal for calling Rahul Gandhi and the Congress ‘beimaan’, Gogoi said that it was the pronouncement of a frustrated man.
“The Congress is made up of stalwarts like Gopinath Bordoloi, Bimala Prasad Chaliha and the like and not made up of people like Sonowal who was initially an AASU leader and joined the AGP and then jumped the boat to join BJP, ” Gogoi said.
He further said that it was no wrong to criticise rival politicians but using such derogatory language to describe Rahul Gandhi crossed the bounds of decency and reflected poorly on the person using such language and the party he represented.
He said that the BJP was mostly made up of people who had no ideology as the majority of the leaders had earlier belonged to other parties and had believed in other ideologies.
“Sonowal once represented regionalism and had fought against the illegal migrants and today he is silent, indicating his support of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, which shows how he has regressed on his promise to the people and ideology, ” Gogoi said.
Regarding Himanta Biswa Sarma, Gogoi said that he was a professional singer who could sing the tune of any party as and when it suited him.
He further said that the BJP was now on the back foot as the ‘Jaati-Maati-Bheti’ brigade were losing their ‘bheti’ as was evident from the panchayat election results.
He said that even the party’s claim of zero tolerance towards corruption was another big lie as they had incorporated into their party the most corrupt politician who was in the Congress.
Referring to the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Bogibeel rail- cum-road bridge, Gogoi said that the BJP did not deserve any credit for this as it was Congress-backed former Prime Minister Deve Gowda in 1997 who had laid the foundation stone of the bridge at Dhemaji and laying another foundation stone by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee of the BJP at a later date, was a meaningless exercise.
” The BJP does not deserve credit for this bridge or any other bridge over the Brahmaputra in Assam as all of them have been constructed by the Congress, ” he further said.