GUWAHATI, Jan 17 � Criticising both the AGP and peasant leader Akhil Gogoi for launching 'baseless malice campaign' against the Congress, the Congress leaders including the Chief Minister, the Health Minister and the APCC president today claimed that the party would come to power for the third consecutive term in the State.
Addressing a Yuba Jagaran rally organised by Youth Congress, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that by dint of the work done by the present Congress government, it is sure of its victory in the coming State Assembly polls.
Addressing a rally of around 15 thousand youths in Chandmari AEI field, the Chief Minister also announced that it would aim at providing employment to 5,00,000 youths in its next tenure.
Attacking the AGP, the Chief Minister said that though the present AGP leaders started their career as student leaders, nothing significant was done for improving education in the State. "The schools where the AGP leaders studied or the university, from where they started students' politics did not get anything, when these leaders came to power," Gogoi asserted.
�The AGP government also did not do anything for solving the unemployment problem, which was its main agenda. On the contrary, an MoU was signed with the Centre to suspend fresh appointment in the State Government departments.
�The Congress, on the other hand, had two-fold work when it came to power. We had the challenge to repair the damages done to the State during AGP rule and to take the State on the path of progress simultaneously," he added.
Addressing the rally, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also asserted that in its next tenure after winning the coming Assembly elections, the government would put in all its efforts to take the State to the position of top five States of the country.
Speaking about the schemes launched during the two tenures of the Congress government, Sarma said that every deprived section of the State is now getting the benefit from the schemes of the State Government. Be it scholarships and computers to the meritorious students, or treatment of diseases like cancer, facility for maternal and child care, health programmes in the rural areas, schemes for self-help groups, pension for college teachers, regular payment to the State Government employees, free heart operation for children, free pacemakers for the needy, the State Government has done a lot for the common people.
Targeting the AGP, he said that a few months before the elections, the AGP is trying to establish contact with the masses. "The AGP leaders have themselves proved that they have no contact with the common people. The people of Assam are intelligent enough to understand the pre-election gimmicks of the opposition party," he added.
The rally was also addressed by APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita. Ajanta Neog, Anjan Dutta and Youth Congress president Pijus Hazarika also attended the rally among others.