Assam poised for change of guard

GUWAHATI: Launching an attack against the ruling Congress government in Assam, BJP on Wednesday said people of the state will vote against corruption, price rise and bad law and order in the assembly elections.

"The Congress is daydreaming that people will give its mandate for the third term. The voting trend in the country today is for performance and governance. In the last 10 years, the Congress has failed miserably in all parameters of governance. So, Assam is poised for a change this time," said BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javedkar. Javedkar, who will be present during the filing of nomination of BJP candidates in Tezpur on Thursday, alleged that the last 10 years saw 12,000 deaths in militancy-related violence, 8000 cases of kidnapping and 5,000 incidents of extortion.

"Corruption, bad law and order and price rise are the worst failures of Congress. Today, Assam has about 50 per cent population living below the poverty line. The unemployment figure has touched 23 lakh which is highest in the country. Agriculture growth in the state is below two per cent," added Javedkar.

The BJP leader, however, claimed that states ruled by the saffron party were faring better than Congress-ruled states in terms of governance and development. The saffron party is expected to release its manifesto next week.