J P Nadda who is the BJP National President on Monday mocked Congress, likening it to an elephant with two toothpicks – “one to show off and the other to chew”.
Speaking at an election rally in Tingkhong in Dibrugarh province, Nadda also accused Congress of engaging in “opportunistic politics” and said Assam would go into the dark if the opposition party was elected to govern.
Nadda said that the only purpose of Congress is politics to seize the opportunity. He also said that they are in the Muslim League and are fighting the CPI (M) in Kerala, but they met in West Bengal and Assam.
“Like a tusker, Congress has two teeth – one to show off and the other to chew. It says something and always does the opposite … It divides society,” said a senior BJP leader.
Speaking openly about Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, who is also campaigning for the regime, Nadda said the opposition party’s communications team shared photos from Taiwan and Sri Lanka when a “single leader” of the party visited Assam’s tea gardens.
“He was making tea leaves at that time. But as far as I know, tea leaves are only made after April. So, why did this picture take place? Congress is cheating people,” he said.
Congress had recently assured tea garden workers that it would increase their daily wages to ₹ 365 from ₹ 117 existing “within six hours of the establishment of the government”.
Repeatedly attacking Congress, Nadda said the opposition party “means darkness”, while the BJP stood for development.
“If you need darkness, go with Congress. But if you need development, hold the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Nadda told the gathering.
Congress has lost interest in Assam and the northeast since independence, and has done nothing to improve the region, he said.
Nadda said that because of the double standard of Congress, the wheels of development have come to a standstill. It has invaded Assam’s culture, set aside state culture. However, the BJP brought development and protected Assam’s culture and language.
The opposition group has never given importance to the safety of the Assamese people, including not resolving Bodo’s problems for 50 years, he said.
“For a long time, our borders were open and anyone could come in freely. It was a challenge to our security. Congress has no purpose, no policy and no agenda. It is only for seizing power,” he said.
When attacking the Congress-AIUDF coalition, Nadda said former prime minister Tarun Gogoi had never joined the party led by Badruddin Ajmal, but his son had now accepted the AIUDF.
“This is nothing but an opportunity. How are you going to defend the Assamese culture? By joining hands with Ajmal?” said the BJP manager.
Gogoi’s son Gaurav is a Member of Parliament for Lok Sabha and chairman of the Manifesto Committee of the Assam Congress.
Congress, which has ruled 15 years in Assam since 2001, has established the ‘Grand Alliance’ with the AIUDF, BPF, CPI, CPI (M), CPI (ML), Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM), RJD and Jimochayan (Deori) Peoples Party (JPP) to fight in the upcoming Council elections against the NDA-led NJ.
Nadda also said Congress had done nothing to improve the staff of the tea garden, protect the ‘Namghars’ (Vaishnavite worshipers’ place) and end the violence in Bodoland.
He also said that during the presidency of the Congress, 2,155 people were killed, 2 004 security forces lost their lives and 1,300 people were abducted in Bodo. When the BJP arrived, the Bodo agreement was signed, 4,000 firearms were donated and 2,300 classrooms. they put down their weapons.
Nadda accused Congress of “latkana (delay), atkana (suspension) and bhatkana (misleading)” people on development projects, “which was removed after the BJP established a government in Assam”.
During the BJP administration, pattas (deeds) of land were given to 3.3 lakh people, 135 medical units set up for tea gardens, ₹ 1,000 crores allocated to the welfare of these areas, the Bogibeel bridge over Brahmaputra was completed and became -8,000 crore gas is provided, he said.
Nadda said that during the 13th Financial Commission, Assam was given 50,000 crore ore. The 14th Finance Commission after the BJP came to the Center gave the government 1,55,000 cr cr.
He said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been a member of Rajya Sabha for ten years, but “did nothing” to improve the state.