Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Saturday slammed the ruling BJP in Assam for allegedly attacking the culture, language, history, heritage and bonds of brotherhood in Assam and said that the state cannot be run from RSS headquarters in Nagpur.
Gandhi, who had arrived for campaigning in poll-bound Assam on Friday, blamed the ruling BJP for “handing over” the entire state to outsiders and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of working only for two-three richest industrialists and not the general public of the country or for their welfare.
“The BJP in Assam and across the country is attacking culture, language, heritage and brotherhood … We will protect you, your culture and identity. This is your state and it cannot be run from Nagpur (RSS headquarters),” he said at rallies at Mariani and Gohpur.
Hitting out at the ruling BJP for “handing over” the Assam to outsiders, he said “The government spent Rs 2,000 crore of your money to modernise Guwahati airport. Now the airport been snatched from you and given to Adani. This way everything in the country is being given to two-three richest businessmen friends of the prime minister”.
Gandhi said if a Congress chief minister assumes power in Assam the ”5 guarantees” promised by the party will be implemented. A law will be introduced in the state assembly to nullify the CAA, five lakh government jobs will be given to the state”s youths, each household will get upto 200 units of free electricity, housewives will get Rs 2,000 per month and minimum wages of tea garden workers be raised to Rs 365.
Charging the BJP administration of failing to fill up vacant government jobs, Gandhi said when Congress forms the government it will first fill up these posts and then give incentives to the private sector to create jobs. He alleged that the BJP makes different promises at different places but never fulfills them.
“I never lie. See what I had said before polls in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Punjab. I said farmers loans will be waived. Within six hours of forming government in Chhattisgarh, it was done. Likewise, every promise in other states was fulfilled,” he added.
The Congress leader was in Mariani, which will go to the polls in the first phase on March 27 to campaign for sitting Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi and in Gohpur for APCC president Ripun Bora.
(Inputs from PTI)