BARPETA Nov 15 � The AGP has termed the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as two sides of the same coin and said that development of the State is a distant dream under the rule of these parties.
Addressing a press conference at the Barpeta Press Club on Friday, AGP president Atul Bora said that the Congress Government in Assam led by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is neck-deep in corruption. It has failed to provide security to the people. The Government has done nothing to build confidence among various tribes of the State. �It is due to the weakness of the State Government that the neighbouring States have become aggressive and encroached on vast areas of the State,� Bora stated and added that his party has noticed all this very minutely during the last few years.
Stating that the attitude of the national parties towards the State is not at all satisfactory, he accused the ruling party at the Centre, the BJP, of deviating from its pre-poll commitments. Bora criticised the BJP for its support to big dams which it opposed before the General Election, river linking projects, land deal with Bangladesh and failure to check the unabated price rise.
The president of the regional outfit claimed that people of Assam are seeking a renaissance of regionalism and hoped that the party would emerge victorious in the 2016 Assembly elections. He said that the party has identified the main problems of the State like unemployment, agriculture, rural development, industry and power and will formulate specific plans to solve them within a specific time frame.
Satyabrata Kalita, the party spokesperson accused the Central Government of violating its pre-poll commitments. �Rajnath Singh, the then president of the BJP, said in an election rally in Lakhimpur that the BJP will oppose the move to build big dams, but he made a U-turn after the formation of the Government and the Government has gone forward with the Subansiri dam. Besides, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of a big dam in Bhutan which may create havoc in Assam. Besides, it has also deviated from the promise of deportation of foreigners and nothing concrete has been done since it came to power,� he said.
Kalita also lamented the failure of the party on some fronts during its tenure and stated that as the party could not do anything significant about the main issue of deportation of illegal migrants, the good work done by the AGP Government was not given importance by the electorate.