MANGALDAI, April 3 - Bhubaneswar Kalita, the Congress candidate for 8 Mangaldoi Lok Sabha seat has claimed that the voters of the parliamentary constituency who voted for a BJP candidate for the last three consecutive terms have become sick of the hollow and false promises of the BJP MPs and its Prime Minister and this time they would vote Congress to power.
�The scenario of election in 2014 and that of 2019 is completely different. Last time there was a wave in favour of the BJP. People voted the BJP to power with big expectations. But now they well understand that PM Modi and all parliamentarians of the saffron party made only hollow and false promises�, said Kalita. He was addressing the media at Mangaldai on Tuesday evening for the first time after being nominated as the Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha seat.
�The BJP government at the Centre and the elected BJP parliamentarian from Mangaldai failed miserably in implementing the Central schemes in the constituency and the BJP and its allies this time have no election issue,� the veteran politician and the member of the Upper House asserted. Lashing out at Modi, Kalita reminded the media about the comment of Modi in an election campaign where he had declared that from May 16 next of that year all the illegal Bangladeshi foreigners will have to leave Assam bag and baggage. However, the BJP government is preparing to bring more Bangladeshis into the country with the help of CAB. The Congress candidate also charged the Modi government for taking up anti-industry policies in the North East and scrapping of all central aids to Assam and the North East under the special category.
In response to a question from media regarding the burning issues of Mangaldai in the election manifesto of the Assam Pradesh Congress, Kalita who heads the manifesto publishing committee claimed that several important issues have been included in the manifesto but he refused to name those issues before its release. However, in his reply to a question in terms of his significant contribution as a parliamentarian over the years, the four-time Rajya Sabha MP failed to mention any one such significant achievement. He simply said, �a Rajya Sabha MP has to distribute funds all over the State.�