Tinsukia: Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday hit out at the grand old party, pledging to teach the Congress such a lesson this assembly elections that they will never dare to stitch an alliance with AIUDF.

Sarma led a 5-km long “padyatra” from Rangagora Road in Assam’s Tinsukia town, which culminated at the Manav Kalyan bhawan.

Addressing a gathering of supporters, Sarma asked voters: “Do we need a college or madarsa?” adding, “We need to teach Congress the biggest lesson of their life.”

“Do we need Modi or Ajmal? He (Ajmal) needs to be sent to Bangladesh,” Sarma said, adding, “He thinks of women as a machines to deliver babies.”

“We think of girls’ and women’s prosperity. Perhaps, if Ajmal were to be pregnant, he would know the pain and will not ask women to keep on delivering babies.”

Asking to vote BJP for peace and culture, Sarma said, “We got only three years to work for the people of the state. One year spoiled due to CAA protests, another due to Covid-19. Still BJP has brought a lot of development in three years, which the Congress failed to do in 40 years.”

We have allotted Rs 200 crores for development of Tinsukia, he said. “Minister Sanjoy Kishan, who is also a candidate of BJP for Tinsukia assembly seat, has undertaken lot of infrastructure development work. If required, we will allot another Rs 200 crores for the development of Tinsukia. My aim is to make Assam the best state of the country in the coming five years,” Sarma said.

Himanta Biswa Sarma’s 5-km long “padyatra” from Rangagora Road in Assam’s Tinsukia town culminated at Manav Kalyan bhawan late on Sunday. (PC | Rishu Kalantri)

Responding to a question by EastMojo, Sarma said the biggest achievement of his government was the way it managed Covid-19.

“No one expected this from a state like Assam. PM Modi acknowledges this fact. Assam was the only state that passed in managing Covid-19, and that too, with distinction,” the minister said.

“Initially, when Covid-19 was beginning to spread, people of Assam were afraid about where will so many doctors come from. But, with our planning, we ensured everyone got proper treatment and care,” Sarma said.

Reacting to Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi’s Assam visit for the Congress election campaign, Sarma said, it is nothing but “poverty” tourism.

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“I want to ask them why are people poor even after 60 years of Congress rule. If they actually have love for tea workers, take 50 girls from tea workers and make them sit with Sonia Gandhi on same dining table and have food. Then I will acknowledge their care for tea workers.”

Sarma, who was accompanied by Kishan, announced that he will give appointment letters to one lakh youths by March 2022.

Earlier, thousands of BJP supporters participated in a padyatra, shouting slogans of “BJP zindabad, aku ek baar Modi Sarkar (Once again, Modi government)”.

Earlier, Sarma addressed an election rally at Doomdooma in Tinsukia.

Sarma claimed that the party will win most of the seats in the first phase of the elections, due on March 27. The margin of victory in Tinsukia will be more than 50,000 this time, he added.

On March 27, 47 seats of 126 assembly seats, mostly from Upper Assam, are going to polls in the first phase. 

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