AGP-NDA rule darkest chapter in Assam’s history: Gogoi

BARPETA, March 31 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has termed the AGP rule in the State and the contemporary rule in Centre by BJP-led NDA as the darkest period of Assam history and urged the voters of the State to reject them during the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. Gogoi was addressing a huge election rally in Bhaktardaba near here on Saturday morning.

Addressing the first ever public meeting of this kind in the Barpeta Parliamentary constituency area, he termed BJP as the elder brother of AGP who did not show any affection to their younger brother and as a result the development of the State came to a halt. Rather both of them tried to annihilate the young generation of the State by way of secret killing. Referring to the communalism of BJP, Gogoi said that they want to introduce Hindu rule in this country and regard Hindus as the first class citizens of India. But, Gogoi said, “Congress follows the rajdharma – regards all people equally, sees all from the humanitarian aspect and wants to develop all classes.”

The Chief Minister claimed tremendous development during the last eight years of Congress rule and establishment of an environment of peace and faternity in the State. Of course he acknowledged that still there are a lot to do as many areas in the chars and gardens which are still not touched by development.

Lashing out at the BJP- AGP and AUDF, Gogoi said that if LK Advani becomes Prime Minister as projected by NDA it will be harmful for this great secular democracy as he was involved in the demolition of Babri Masjid. He expressed his astonishment and dismay over the support of the AUDF to such a party led by a person like Advani. Gogoi also claimed that Ajmal tried his level best to enter into an alliance with Congress which was rejected. As all of them have no issue at all they have resorted to politics of emotion based on caste, religion and regionalism.

Giving a clear indication that sanction of development schemes in future will depend upon the success of his party in the Lok Sabha poll, Gogoi clearly said that he would be inspired to sanction more development schemes to Barpeta if the Congress nominee for Parliament is voted to victory.

Earlier, Dr Tara Prasad Das in his welcome address eulogised the government led by Tarun Gogoi.

Ismail Hussain, the Congress nominee for Barpeta Lok Sabha seat informed that since independence he is the second man to have party nomination within the jurisdiction of this Lok Sabha area after Ismail Hussain Khan. He insisted that as Gogoi has nominated a local candidate his dream should be fulfilled by voting him (Ismail). However he desisted from disclosing his own agenda in the Parliament.

The meeting which was attended by more than ten thousand people was presided over by Abdul Hamid.