Sarbananda Sonowal at a poll campaign in Cachar district. Photo: Staff Correspondent
SILCHAR, March 30: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday said the Congress and its election ally AIUDF collectively think of providing safety and security to the illegal immigrants and not to strengthen the Indian culture and values along with development.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of his whirlwind visit to Silchar to campaign for BJP candidate Dipayan Chakraborty during the last few hours of the phase two campaigning, Sonowal said, “Over the past five years, the BJP-led alliance government has worked for bridging the gap between the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys and pitched for a simultaneous pace of development and restoring peace. People across the State have been able to live with peace and dignity that Congress had failed to bring in the past 60 years. The Congress party and its ally have only one intent which is to provide safety and security to the illegal immigrants and never worked for development and foster the brethren spirit.
Along with the rest of the State, the people of Barak Valley who were deprived and ignored for so long have seen the transformation done by the BJP with the aim to usher in development and peace and I firmly believe they will bless us to form the government again.”
Further, the Chief Minister said, “The BJP will put in efforts to revive the paper mills under Hindustan Paper Corporation and it is mentioned in the election manifesto as well.”
Asked whether Dilip Kumar Paul, the two-time legislator of the BJP, who is contesting this election as an Independent candidate from the Silchar LAC, will be a factor, Sonowal said, “There is no point of spreading misinformation (on the alleged syndicate issue) among the people of Silchar. He (Paul) will not be a factor at all. The city of Silchar has a rich tradition and culture of over 150 years and the people here are educated and boast their cultural heritage. They are well aware of what the BJP has done in these years and they will vote for us to keep the spree of development remain unabated. We are targeting to win all the 15 seats of Barak Valley.”
There has been no discrimination done to the youths in the Barak and Brahmaputra valleys in terms of jobs and appointment as jobs are given in terms of merit, he claimed.
Moreover, Sonowal rubbished the possibilities of the BPF putting hurdles in the BJP’s way. The Chief Minister also addressed a few other public meetings across the valley on the last day of campaigning.