Tinsukia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to address an election rally at Assam’s Tinsukia district, one of the epicentres of anti-CAA protests in the state, on March 20 to boost the momentum of BJP’s campaign in the poll-bound state.
On March 27, 47 seats of 126 assembly seats, mostly from Upper Assam, are going to polls in the first phase.
Talking to EastMojo, Shew Dubey, a senior BJP leader, said they expect over one lakh BJP supporters from Upper Assam at Janamukh Khel Pathar.
Referring to past elections, Dubey said, PM’s campaign will help the saffron party improve its performance in the entire upper Assam, not just Tinsukia and Dibrugarh. “There is little doubt that wherever PM Modi addressed election rallies, success followed him. NDA’s strike rate in 12 rallies in Bihar, which PM addressed last year, was 56%,” added Dubey.
Last time, when PM Modi addressed the people of Assam from this very ground, BJP and it’s alliance partner swept 11 of 12 assembly seats in these Upper Assam districts. Dubey said, “This time around, we will snatch the lone Doomdooma seat also from Congress and make it 12-0 in these two districts.”
In March 2016, PM Modi had addressed an election rally at the same venue and pitched for BJP’s victory. “You gave 60 years to Congress expecting good things, give me 5 years to uplift the state,” Modi told the voters then.
“PM Modi, who is likely to address the gathering at around 2.30 pm, will be accompanied by BJP and it’s alliance partner candidates from all assembly seats in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts,” he added.
According to insiders engaged in the backroom preparation, party leaders and supporters are excited about the PM’s arrival. “Some youngsters, from IT cell in Guwahati, has been roped in especially for PM Modi’s rally and are camping at a hotel in Tinsukia where a mini IT cell office has been established to leave no stones unturned to make the rally a blockbuster.”
On March 14, Union home minister Amit Shah addressed an election rally at Margherita in Tinsukia district and set the tone for the elections by saying that there are only two options, the BJP and AGP coalition government under the leadership of Narendra Modi, or Congress and Ajmal government under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. “You tell me who can do well for Assam – Narendra Modi or Ajmal Sahab and Rahul Gandhi.”
Shah went to the extent of saying that your single vote to Congress will go to the AIUDF.
Earlier on January 23, PM Modi has visited Sivasagar and distributed land deed documents to 1.06 lakh landless indigenous people in the state.