Guwahati, Mar 31: A day after PM Narendra Modi presented his 'report card' of last five years before people of Assam at two election rallies in the state, the Opposition Congress today alleged that Modi has failed to keep his election promises and evaded all burning issues of the state.
State Congress president Ripun Bora and former three-time CM Tarun Gogoi, in a joint press conference here, hit out at the prime minister, accusing him of failing the people of Assam.
"Modi is once again trying to fool the people of Assam. He had said Rs 15 lakh will be deposited in every Indian's bank account, all illegal Bangladeshis in Assam will have to leave after May 16, 2014, prices will come down, six communities of Assam will get ST status, flood problem will be solved. But nothing happened and now he is avoiding these issues," Gogoi said.
"Modi had promised employment but 4 crore jobs were lost in last five years in the country. No project announced by his government took off beyond the foundation stone stage in the state," he added.
He further alleged that the BJP government was dividing the people of the state by appeasing a section and ignoring others.
Taking a jibe at Modi's 'chowkidar' prefix, Gogoi said, "If chowkidar is needed to look after the country, it means everyone is a thief or a dacoit. We don't want our PM to be a chowkidar, but if that is what he wants for himself, what can we do."
"First 'chaiwala', now chowkidar. God knows what he will come up with next," Gogoi added.
Speaking along same lines, state Congress Bora said, "At both rallies at Moran and Gohpur, Modi did not mention about the burning issues of the state. He had promised to make Bangladeshis leave the state on one hand, and on the other hand, his government tried to bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill."
Questioning what the government has done to solve flood and erosion problem, he said, "Do these problems get solved by organising Namami Brahmaputra and Namami Barak festivals?"
"Let Modi's government name one nationwide scheme that actually helped the people," he added. (UNI)