Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his five-day public meetings on March 26 in Assam, just few days ahead of the elections in the state.
Speaking in a rally in Tinsukia, he stressed about bringing Assam back to its glory days and need for development in the state. In an attempt to strike a common note with the people of the state, PM Modi said:
“When I was a tea-seller, it was Assam tea I sold which refreshed people, I owe a debt to Assam for that.”
Taking a dig at Congress party, Modi said the situation in Assam will change if three things are done- education for poorest, income to youths and medicines to old.
The Prime Minister also criticised the 79-year-old Tarun Gogoi who has called the Assembly election as a direct fight between him and Modi.
Modi said that he can only pay his respects to the elderly leader and praised BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, describing him as one of his best ministers.
He said, “I am not fighting Gogoi but Gareebi (poverty).”
Modi urged the people to give the BJP a chance to rule the state for next five years and asked them to question what the current Congress government has done in the last 15 years of its rule.
“The people of Assam have the right to ask the government where their money went.”
Prime Minister in his election tour of Assam will hold seven rallies in two days. The party is contesting 91 of the 126 assembly constituencies in the state. The BJP won seven of the state’s 14 Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 general election.