Modi warns against hung assembly in Assam

World Friday 08/April/2016 19:14 PM
By: Times News Service
Modi warns against hung assembly in Assam

Raha (Assam): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said some divisive forces were trying for a hung Assembly in northeast Indian state of Assam and appealed to the people not to allow it to happen.
“Desh ko todne wali takat bharpur koshis kar rahi hain ki Assam mein bahumat na aaye (divisive forces are trying to ensure that there is no absolute majority in Assam) and I appeal to the people to ensure there was no possibility of a hung Assembly in the state," Modi told an election rally.
"In Assam, you have to form a government with absolute majority and now with only three days left for second phase polls, there will be attempts to spread lies and rumours but it is your duty to go to every house and foil such designs," he said.
There should be no "back-seat driving and please ensure that the new government is not remote-controlled”, he said.
“There is no force that can stop the BJP-AGP-BPF alliance from forming the new government in the state. I'll come again to attend the swearing-in ceremony and to thank the people of Assam," he said.
It was for the first time in the last 30 years that the people of the country gave an absolute majority to party to form a government at the Centre and the result was for all to see.
"The entire world is singing the country's praise and some are very disturbed that even countries like Saudi Arabia have become our strategic partner while Modi is being given the highest civilian award by country," he said in his 45-minute speech.
"The award is not for Modi, but it is an honour for each Indian. The reason for our global appreciation is that the people gave a government of absolute majority to a party which believes in 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'."
He said in all BJP-ruled state the level of poverty was low, but in Assam it was very high and the Congress government which ruled here for 15 years was responsible for it.
Modi said the country has suffered due to 'remote control'.
Attacking former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his statement that his government believed in more work than mere talk, Modi said, "What he said was true and the scams of his period have started speaking now."
"Manmohanji ne kahan ki zubaan se zyada kaam bolta hain aur ab toh aapka kaam bolne laga hain. Yeh toh saach hain ki paap bolte hain aur ab toh parche khulne lage hain aur sab pareshan hain (Manmohanji had said that work speaks more than words and now their work has started speaking. It is true that sins do speak, now the results of their misdeeds are out and all are disturbed)," he said.
BJP had repeatedly alleged that the previous Manmohan Singh Government was being run by "remote control" and that there were "two power centres" with Congress president Sonia Gandhi taking all important decisions.
Hitting out at chief minister Tarun Gogoi, he said governance has been hit due to corruption and nepotism.
"We are concerned about the sons and daughters of Assam, not the sons and daughters of a select few," he said, taking a dig at Gogoi, whom he accused of being busy only in "settling" his son.
"Three days are left (for polls) and there will people trying to spread lies and rumours. It is your task to counter them by going to every household and not be misled by them. If by chance in Assam an unstable government is formed, forces trying to break the country will try to benefit."
Raising the Saradha scam issue for the first time in Assam poll campaign, the prime minister said that the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana had been launched to ensure that such fraud did not take place in future.
"The poor went to chit funds because they did not have access to the banks. It was my government that has stopped them from going to chit funds by allowing them to open zero-balance bank accounts under the PM Jan Dhan Yojana," Modi told the election rally.