ASSAM POLLS 2021 | ‘Double engine’ government will make Assam self-reliant in next five years: PM Modi



Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, pledged that the “double-engine” National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government would leave no stone unturned to make Assam Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) in the next five years.

Seeking support for the NDA government at a poll rally at Bihpuria in Lakhimpur district, Modi said that the “BJP-led government in Assam provided basic amenities to the economically disadvantaged sections under various schemes besides ensuring development across various sectors.”

“In the past five years, we have strengthened the foundation of development in Assam. Now we will work for an Atmanirbhar Assam,” he said while lauding the BJP manifesto and the ten resolves of the party.


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Modi claimed that the BJP government had put an end to violence and influx in the past five years to usher in development.

“The Dhubri border has been almost sealed to stop influx (from Bangladesh). The pending fencing work is going on at a rapid pace. Assam has been freed from violence, influx and an environment of trust amid all-round development has been created,” he said.

Claiming that ‘namghars’ and ‘satras’ have been freed from encroachment, Modi said that work is underway to establish a cultural auditorium and university in the name of Vaishnavite saint Mahapurush Madhab Dev.

“The historic town of Sivasagar would be among the five top pilgrimage sites of the country,” he added.


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Taking potshots at the Opposition, he said that the “Congress has, in 15 years, failed to protect namghars, protect Kaziranga and its rhinos. But the BJP government has not only protected namghars but freed Kaziranga from infiltrators.”

Modi further mentioned that in the past five years, close to 100 per cent of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections had been given to the needy, besides power, medical and toilet facilities.

“I want to assure you that the remaining beneficiaries of the PM Awas Yojana, would be provided pucca houses. We will ensure that all economically disadvantaged families have pucca houses by the time India attains 75 years of its Independence,” he said.


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Modi also assured the tea workers that once the NDA government retains power, the distribution of benefits under the schemes would be fast-tracked.

“NDA is committed to the dignity of tea workers, which is why we have made a special budget proposal of Rs 1,000 crore for tea workers,” he said.

Slamming the Opposition Congress for “deceiving the tea workers during their 15-year term in Assam,” Modi said that Congress could raise the tea workers’ wages by only Rs 100 during the three terms. However, the BJP government has doubled the wage hike in five years.

“Congress does not have any leader or ideology,” he reiterated, warning that the Congress has allied with a party “which thrives on the votes of illegal immigrants and believes in destroying the identity, culture and civilisation of Assam.”

“Congress can go to any extent for votes, can ally with anyone for votes and, even betray, when it feels like. Congress is allied with left parties in Assam but is against the same parties in Kerala. The Congress-led alliance is nothing but a Maha jhoot (big lie), not Mahajot,” he alleged.


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The Prime Minister also spoke about the roads built in the rural areas.

“In five years, we have built almost 15,000 km of new rural roads in Assam. In Lakhimpur itself, over 700 km of new roads have been built,” he said while campaigning for BJP candidate Amiya Kumar Bhuyan.

He also addressed another poll rally at Sipajhar, where BJP candidate and former Assam Sahitya Sabha president, Paramananda Rajbongshi, has been fielded.

This is the Prime Minister’s fifth visit to poll-bound Assam this year and the second after the Election Commission of India announced the election dates.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)