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APCC takes a dig at BJP�s Ashirwad Yatra

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 23 - Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today mocked at the Ashirwad Yatra of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In a statement, it said that the BJP would get curses, not blessings, from the masses for its �anti-people� activities.

Reasoning, the APCC said in the statement, signed by its vice president Ripun Bora, that under the BJP rule, prices of essential commodities have shot up by four to five times compared to those during the UPA regime.

Further, the BJP, going against its election pledge to provide jobs to two crore job seekers in a year, has now been abolishing thousands of posts in the Central Government services.

The BJP Government at the Centre has been trying to saffronise education, effect schisms among the students on the basis of castes and creeds, has not been objecting to the illegitimate demand of the RSS to withdraw the reservation system for scheduled castes and tribes, has led to the suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vamula and got JNU Students� Union president Kanhaiya Kumar arrested on fabricated sedition charges, Bora alleged, adding that all this will lead the student community to oppose the BJP.

The BJP has been silent on the issue of its Lok Sabha election pledge for according Scheduled Tribe status to the six ethnic groups of the State�within six months�of its ascending to power at the Centre. Its pledge on bringing back black money stashed in foreign countries and distributing them to each of the Indian citizens at the rate of Rs 15 lakh per head, has also turned out to be a false promise.

Moreover, BJP Chief Ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal has no answer to the financial crisis resulting from the steps his party government at the Centre has taken to withdraw the Special Category State status of Assam, and to discontinue the 90:10 funding pattern for the implementation of Central schemes in Assam.

Such steps are bound to result in uncertainty in paying salaries and other allowances to the State Government employees and this is sure to turn the government employees against the BJP. Sonowal should also keep this in view while pleading for blessings from the people, Bora said.

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