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Both Cong, BJP exude confidence

By SPL CORRESPONDENT

NEW DELHI, May 12 - Ahead of the �D� day of May 19, both Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and BJP State president Sarbananda Sonowal claimed that their respective parties would sweep the polls in Assam.

Talking to newsmen, the Chief Minister said his opponents are getting nervous but he is not. �I am not nervous, but our opponents are getting jittery and that is why they are talking to other parties like AIUDF,� he said.

�I am confident of forming the government for the fourth consecutive time. I am certain that Congress will form the government without any outside help,� he said.

�That is why I am not talking to any party,� a confident-sounding Gogoi said.

On the other hand, BJP�s chief ministerial candidate Sonowal said their alliance is on course to achieve �Mission 84�. �We are confident of winning the polls,� he said, but declined to give any numbers.

�We have said it in the past and stand by our statement now, that we are going to form the next government,� he said.

Meanwhile, growing nervousness was evident in the BJP, with three party MPs � Ramen Deka, RP Sharma and Rajen Gohain � complaining to the central leadership about some controversial statements made by newly inducted partymen.

One of the MPs, on condition of anonymity, told this newspaper that they had raised a host of issues. The disgruntled MPs, however, conceded that the BJP looks certain to form the next government in Assam.

Meanwhile, asked about the Guwahati Medical College Hospital incident in which a three-year-old acquired HIV infection after blood transfusion, Gogoi said an inquiry would be conducted into it. The Chief Minister is under pressure of the opposition, with the BJP demanding a thorough probe.

The boy, son of a daily wage earner from Kamrup district, was admitted to GMCH with 40 per cent burn injuries in April last year. The boy was discharged from the hospital in October 2015. During treatment, 10-12 operations had taken place and multiple blood transfusions had been done from the internal blood bank of the GMCH.

On March 29, the child was again admitted for further operations. Before operation, when his blood was tested, he appeared to be infected with HIV virus.

Meanwhile, when asked about his book Turnaround, which will be released on Saturday, the Chief Minister said it was not a biography but pertains to the period when he came to power in 2001 and his three terms. It is about how the Congress government turned the situation around in the State. The law and order situation was bad, the State was passing through serious financial crisis and government was not even able to pay salaries of its employees, he recalled.

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Both Cong, BJP exude confidence

NEW DELHI, May 12 - Ahead of the �D� day of May 19, both Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and BJP State president Sarbananda Sonowal claimed that their respective parties would sweep the polls in Assam.

Talking to newsmen, the Chief Minister said his opponents are getting nervous but he is not. �I am not nervous, but our opponents are getting jittery and that is why they are talking to other parties like AIUDF,� he said.

�I am confident of forming the government for the fourth consecutive time. I am certain that Congress will form the government without any outside help,� he said.

�That is why I am not talking to any party,� a confident-sounding Gogoi said.

On the other hand, BJP�s chief ministerial candidate Sonowal said their alliance is on course to achieve �Mission 84�. �We are confident of winning the polls,� he said, but declined to give any numbers.

�We have said it in the past and stand by our statement now, that we are going to form the next government,� he said.

Meanwhile, growing nervousness was evident in the BJP, with three party MPs � Ramen Deka, RP Sharma and Rajen Gohain � complaining to the central leadership about some controversial statements made by newly inducted partymen.

One of the MPs, on condition of anonymity, told this newspaper that they had raised a host of issues. The disgruntled MPs, however, conceded that the BJP looks certain to form the next government in Assam.

Meanwhile, asked about the Guwahati Medical College Hospital incident in which a three-year-old acquired HIV infection after blood transfusion, Gogoi said an inquiry would be conducted into it. The Chief Minister is under pressure of the opposition, with the BJP demanding a thorough probe.

The boy, son of a daily wage earner from Kamrup district, was admitted to GMCH with 40 per cent burn injuries in April last year. The boy was discharged from the hospital in October 2015. During treatment, 10-12 operations had taken place and multiple blood transfusions had been done from the internal blood bank of the GMCH.

On March 29, the child was again admitted for further operations. Before operation, when his blood was tested, he appeared to be infected with HIV virus.

Meanwhile, when asked about his book Turnaround, which will be released on Saturday, the Chief Minister said it was not a biography but pertains to the period when he came to power in 2001 and his three terms. It is about how the Congress government turned the situation around in the State. The law and order situation was bad, the State was passing through serious financial crisis and government was not even able to pay salaries of its employees, he recalled.