Modi’s legacy of pending promises and old wine in a new bottle

Modi’s legacy of pending promises and old wine in a new bottle

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SIPAJHAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said after bringing in parivarttan (changes) and restoring peace in Assam, it’s time for progress in Assam if BJP is voted to power in the state.

“Last time, we came with the promise to bring in parivarttan, now we are coming with the promise of more progress,” Modi said addressing a mammoth election rally here this evening.

“The implementation of the BJP manifesto will certainly usher in prosperity to Assam. I congratulate the Assam BJP leadership for thinking out such a brilliant manifesto. I assure you that the double engine government will fully implement the manifesto,” the prime minister said.

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Although Modi said the Congress had never worked for the welfare of tea community and kept their daily wage below Rs 100, a section of the tea workers’ organisations have been claiming that the BJP has failed to address their issue inspite of its pre-poll promises of increasing wage to Rs 365 and awarding Scheduled Tribe status to the community.

The Congress has this time picked up the BJP’s 2016 election promise of Rs 365 daily wage to woo back its tea community vote bank. Threatened to boycott, the BJP in Assam increased the wages to Rs 217 from Rs 167, only to be intervened by the Gauhati High Court to give liberty to the garden owners to pay it in revised rate or not.

On the other hand, the student community has also been taking an anti-BJP stand in the state accusing the saffron party of failing to keep its pre-promise of deporting illegal infiltrators, and enacting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 instead, to lay red carpet for a rather legal influx.

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With the poll days ahead, several student organisations, who have been backing the third front of Assam Jatiya Parishad and Raijor Dal, have already launched agitation against the CAA.

Modi had promised all Bangladeshi infiltrators will return after May 16, 2016.

Reiterating that the BJP-led government in the state completed six bridge construction work in the state over the past five years, Modi said: “The last five years’ government of double engine was a government of bridges. We’ve built bridges for progress ... Do you remember, it took hours to travel from Darrang to Guwahati due to the Saraighat bridge bottleneck? Congress kept it hanging for years together. But, we completed, and gave you six new bridges in five years. The Congress could build only three bridged over the Brahmaputra in decades of their rule.”

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About restoring peace in the state, he said: “When Congress was in power, there was rampant violence. So is it now in neighbouring West Bengal. With the Bodo Accord, we’ve restored peace in Assam. Assam now looks forward only to progress and prosperity.”