Nadda campaigns in Assam; highlights progress in state under BJP rule



BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda visited Assam on March 15 to campaign for party candidates and address three public rallies in the state for the ensuing Assembly elections.

Highlighting the development push of the National Democratic Alliance over the past few years, he said that Assam has seen substantial progress with connectivity, roads (national highways), bridges, railway tracks medical infrastructure and other developmental activities.

“The Bogibeel Bridge, for instance, was stuck somewhere during Congress’ tenure but set up under BJP rule. There is progress regarding the construction of the Dhubri-Phulbari bridge as well. Such progress was not seen in 60 years of Congress rule, but the BJP-led government in Assam supported by the BJP-led government at the Centre has made such progress possible in a matter of months,” Nadda said at a massive poll rally in Sootea in central Assam.

He also referred to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) coming up near Guwahati and several medical colleges set up across the state in the recent past.

MLA Padma Hazarika will contest from Sootea constituency.

Reiterating what Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at a rally in Margherita on Sunday, Nadda said that the BJP-led government would make Assam flood free in the next five years.

“We are doing a satellite survey and planning to divert the flood water to big tanks and water bodies, we will make the state flood free and also ensure that pisciculture is promoted in the water bodies to bring development,” he said.

“Modi ji has enhanced the funds for flood mitigation in Assam by four times,” Nadda added.

He further said that the BJP-led government has ushered in peace in the Bodo belt by bringing an end to militancy through the peace pact with Bodo militant outfits; besides about 3000 cadres to the mainstream.

“Modi ji has spent Rs 1500 crore for the peace initiatives… however during Congress rule, thousands of people and security personnel had died and there was violence in Bodoland,” he said.

Nadda further referred to the funds allocated for Assam’s development in the Union Budget, saying that Rs 53,000 crore has been allocated for the state in the Budget, with a substantial portion for building national highways in the state.

He further took a dig at the Congress for allying with the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front for the upcoming polls, while also taking potshots at the Grand Old party’s '5 Guarantees', by saying that “I can give one guarantee that the Congress will bring if it comes to power… which is ghotala (scams).”

(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)


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