Sivasagar, Prangan Duarah: Each new government brings with it a new hope and a full spirit of the new mode of working. Ends are not bad things, they just mean that something else is about to begin. Finally, BJP set to end congress 15-year rules in Assam, which brings new hope to the people of Assam. This win means a lot to the people of Assam. Since 2001 to 2016, congress had ruled Assam; however they did not bother about the safety of the people of Assam. Corruption, injustice, social problems, communal riots, Bangladeshi infiltration etc become the common problem for Assam. The majority of the people of Assam have been frustrated with the Congress government.
A major problem of Assam is the flood. A trail of destruction like washing away villages, submerging paddy fields, drowning livestock, besides causing loss of human life and property of many people, are a few common problems in Assam which leave by flood every year. The policies of congress could not solve this major problem of Assam in 15 years. This new victory brings new hope to the thousands of villagers who have been suffering from this devastating flood since last two decades. They hope that this time the new government will help them so that they would not have to suffer continuously like previous years. They are awaiting for “Acche din”.
No doubt this government will have several challenges before it, among which challenge of providing security to the people, who live in Assam- Nagaland boarder, providing security to the one-horned rhino, controlling illegal immigration from other country are a few major issues, which need immediate supervision. In 2008, Assam named as the one of the most corrupted states in India. Hope this government will erase the word corruption from the Assam’s administration. The youth of Assam are also hoping that they will bring change and development and give employment to the youth of the region, as unemployment is a burning issue of this region, which cause many disturbances in Assam including terrorism and all. We all know the condition of Assam electricity board. The people of Assam have to suffer from long hours of power cut during peak summer seasons. In this energy scenario, new renewable energy projects for Assam can play a significant role. There is a common question that probably arises in everyone’s mind in Assam that “Why have the Assam suffer so much neglect?”.
After having tremendous resources, the economic growth of Assam is very pathetic as compared to the other state like Gujarat, Panjab, Haryana, Maharashtra etc. The reason for this pathetic growth is the negligence by the central government. With the increasing intensity of the emergency in the Assam, there is a deep need to devise long-term, sustainable solutions for the region. Hope the new government will facilitate a friendly system where business practices can occur smoothly and without hassle, which will help in the economic growth of Assam. Assam always lacks a good infrastructure market where entrepreneurs can target their goods and services and consumers can find the things that they need. There is an urgent need of a well-developed market for the economic growth of Assam. Now the people of Assam are waiting for a change. But, will they stick to the promises they made in order to take the power? Will this new saffron government bring “Acche din” for the people of Assam?
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Sarbananda Sonowal, 53, took oath on Tuesday evening as Chief Minister of Assam at the head of the BJP’s first government in the North East. Present in a massive show of strength are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah, top union ministers and the BJP’s allies.
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Mr Sonowal took oath in Assamese as did Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was sworn in right after the chief minister. Mr Sarma – who crossed over from the Congress last year and is credited with adding much fire power to the BJP’s campaign in this election – is expected to be finance minister.
Seated on the massive stage with the BJP’s allies is Tarun Gogoi, who was chief minister of Assam for 15 years before being vanquished by the BJP last week. Mr Sonowal personally invited Mr Gogoi, 80, and also sought his blessings.
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani too is attending the ceremony at the sprawling Khanapara rally ground in Guwahati. Among other leaders attending are BJP allies Chandrababu Naidu, Ram Vilas Paswan, Parkash Singh Badal and all BJP chief ministers.
After the oaths, the gathering has turned into a victory rally for the BJP. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party was invited to speak first, followed by the BJP’s Shivraj Singh Chuahan, Madhya Pradesh chief minister.
The Prime Minister and Amit Shah also addressed the lakh strong crowd too. At Khanapara ground, bursting at the seams with people, the PM said:”I Know Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal very well. He is known for his simplicity. A leader dedicated to serving society will now be the CM of Assam.”
80,000 chairs have also been arranged for the public. The venue is elongated and huge LED screens have been put up in the middle. A cultural programme of Assamese music and dance preceded the oath ceremony.
“Wherever I have reached today is only because of the love and blessings of the people of Assam,”Mr Sonowal told NDTV on Tuesday morning, saying the PM’s decision to attend the ceremony is “a great honour for Assam and also personally for me … it shows that PM Modi loves Assam from his heart.”
The Assam win signals the BJP’s return to winning ways after losing two major elections it contested in Delhi and Bihar last year. The BJP and alliance partners won 86 seats in the 126-member assembly.
“The North East is very important for us from the point of our ideological conviction of a united Bharat, developed Bharat, peaceful Bharat,” said senior BJP leader Ram Madhav, who supervised arrangements.
10 ministers took oath today apart from Mr Sonowal. There will be six ministers from the BJP and four from its pre-poll allies – two from the Asom Gana Parishad or AGP and two from the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF).