Tinsukia: Buoyed by its stellar showing in Bihar elections, next generation leader Tejashwi Yadav of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) took out a roadshow in Assam’s Tinsukia town on Monday in support of its candidate Hira Devi Chowdhury, eyeing to expand its party base outside Bihar.
In a surprise move, the Tinsukia assembly seat was left by Congress for its Mahajot alliance RJD, who overnight declared Chowdhury as the candidate from the seat.
Lambasting the saffron party, Yadav said BJP stands for Barka Jhoota Party (bigger lier party). “When we announced to give employment to 10 lakh youth in Bihar, BJP came forward and shouted that they will give jobs 20 lakh unemployed youth in their poll manifesto for Bihar. They (BJP) won, by cheating, and the help of the election commission. All of you know about it. Where are the promised job?”
They have defrauded the voters. Yadav said, “The cost of most products has gone beyond the reach of the common man. And they say ‘double engine ki sarkar’ (government with two engines).”
Asking voters to vote for the RJD candidate, Yadav said, “The Congress and RJD alliance have given five guarantees to the people of Assam and as we come to power we will work to deliver the guaranteed.”
The Congress-led Mahjot has given five guarantees to voters in the 2021 Assembly Election, which they will fulfil after coming to power. These include – increase in daily wages of tea workers to Rs 365 per day, free electricity up to 200 units, Rs 2000 per month to housewives, non-implementation of CAA and the creation of 5 lacs government jobs.
Urging every supporter to get at least 10 voters in favour of RJD candidate, Yadav said, “BJP’s policy is to create a divide between brothers for their political gain. We have to remain united and vote unanimously, irrespective of caste, creed and religion.”
Earlier, after landing at Mohanbari airport, Yadav took out a roadshow from Hijuguri gate number 1. The roadshow culminated at Chaliha Nagar field where he addressed a public gathering.
The power tussle between Congress and BJP has given RJD a space to expand outside the state of Bihar as several pockets in Assam were once considered as mini-Bihar. Yadav’s visit and roadshow are seen as his effort to expand his party’s political footprint in the state of Assam where they are fighting elections for the first time. However, given the thin gathering at the venue, would not bring much hope on Yadav’s face.
In Tinsukia LAC, there are 10 candidates in the fray including 1 independent candidate whose fate is to be decided by 173446 voters. “The contest is likely to take place between minister and BJP candidate Sanjoy Kishan and independent candidate Subhasish Bhattacharjee, as a major chunk of voters are from the Bengali community and may be the deciding factor,” sources added.