Gandhinagar, 21 May-2014(ANI): Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi met Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal at her residence…
GUWAHATI: Trying to connect with the crowd, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday touched on his early days as a tea-seller, saying he sold their tea to energise others and due to this he shares a special bond with the people of Assam, a large tea-producing state.
He further said his fight was not against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi but against “poverty, corruption and destruction” of the state under Congress rule.
“I have three agendas. Development, fast development and all round development,” he said at an election rally here as he hit the campaign trail and claimed his government had allocated many times more funds for state’s infrastructure than the previous governments.
PM Modi takes on Assam CM Tarun Gogoi
The PM also took a swipe at 79-year-old Gogoi who had called the Assembly election as a direct fight between him and Modi, saying he can only pay his respects to the elderly leader. He heaped praise on BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, describing him as one of his best ministers.
“The leader of Congress who will turn 90 in a few years says his fight is with Modi. Respected Chief Minister, you are an elder and I am young. I pay my respects to you. In our culture, the young do not fight their elders and the elders give their blessings to them. My fight is not against Gogoi but against poverty, corruption and destruction of Assam. I am not fighting against any individual,” he said.
“Sarbananda the only ‘anand’ in Assam”
The PM said if Sonowal becomes the Chief Minister, it will be his government’s and his personal loss because Sonowal is one of his best ministers and “a bright, capable and simple person”.
“There is only one ‘anand’ (joy) in Assam, it is Sarbananda,” he said.
PM Modi hits out at Congress
Modi appealed to Assam voters to give BJP and its allies five years to correct 60 years of Congress “misrule” in the state.
“Today after 60 years under Congress rule, Assam has become the fifth poorest state in the country. No development, youth are unemployed today, no electricity and drinking water. Who brought about this condition of Assam? Every village should get electricity for bringing in development, good education, to run mills and see TV. But even after 60 years of Independence even electricity poles have not reached 1000 villages in Assam,” Modi said.
Noting that Assam has immense water resources, the mighty Brahmaputra and heavy rainfall, he said, “yet what can be more painful than seeing people here do not have drinking water. The Congress government is responsible.”
“Money was given from Delhi for building houses for the poor here. But that money has not been spent and is lying unused in the bank. If this continues there will be no development in Assam. Gas is produced in Assam. Do the poor get gas in their homes here? We have decided to provide 5 crore poor gas to replace their smoky cooking stoves”, he said.
Highlighting a number of developmental schemes of the Centre, Modi projected his government as one “for the poor” as he spoke about the decision to allow small shops to remain open seven days a week.