TINSUKIA, March 31 - Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that the BJP is a party of the rich, which would never work for the poor people. Addressing an election rally at Muliabari Field in Digboi, the star Congress campaigner also alleged that the Central government has deprived Assam of development by scrapping the �Special Category State Status�, under which it used to receive special treatment under the UPA government. He claimed that Assam had progressed a lot under the able leadership of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, and would continue to do so if the Congress remains in power.
Appealing the people to vote for a Congress government in the State, Gandhi promised livelihood to 10 lakh unemployed youths, appointment of 2 lakh teachers, scholarship to meritorious students for appearing in UPSC examinations, free medicines to people with annual income below Rs 2.5 lakh, among others.
The rally was also attended by the party�s State in-charge CP Joshi, APCC president Anjan Dutta and party candidates RP Singh (of Tinsukia), Gautom Dhanwar (Digboi), Pradyut Bordoloi (Margherita) and Durga Bhumij (Doomdooma), among others.
Our Tezpur Correspondent adds: In his address in another election rally at Collegiate Field at Tezpur for local Congress candidate Hiranya Bhuyan, Gandhi claimed that development would be possible only if the Congress forms the government.
�The Congress works for the unity of people, but BJP works with an opposite idea. Assam is a land of varied cultures, castes and communities and religion, and it would be unfortunate if the saffron party comes to power and the unity of the diversity is crushed,� he said.
He also made the same promises he made at Tinsukia regarding employment to 10 lakh youths, appointment of 2 lakh teachers, scholarship to meritorious students for appearing in UPSC examinations, free medicines to people with annual income below Rs 2.5 lakh, among others.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who was also present in the rally, criticised the rival BJP-AGP-BPF alliance and expressed his confidence of winning the polls and coming to power for the fourth time.