GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The State BJP has accused the opposition Congress of trying to spread misinformation with regard to the Rafale deal as well as the recent weakening of the Indian Rupee vis-a-vis the US dollar.
BJP State unit general secretary and senior spokesperson Rupam Goswami said negotiation for Rafale fighter jets from France was started way back in 2000 by the then Union government headed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
�However, the UPA regime which came to power in 2004 could not conclude the deal during its ten years in office. Now, the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succeeded in fulfilling the task which was started by the Vajpayee government. So, the Congress party, in frustration, has started making wild accusations regarding the deal,� Goswami said.
He said the Modi-led government has been able to provide a clean model of governance. �In contrast, during the previous UPA regime, the country saw scams like 3G and coal,� said the BJP leader.
He said the government led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has been able to bring an economic turnaround in the State.
�The Congress party should remember that when Tarun Gogoi relinquished power, his government left the State with a debt burden of Rs 18,000 crore. Since it assumed office, the government led by Sonowal has not only managed to reduce the debt burden but also taken a number of steps to restart the development process in Assam. The previous Congress government had provided protection to the people who were engaged in different scams, including the APSC scam,� Goswami said.
�The BJP governments at the Centre and in the State have taken up projects like skill development and micro-financing to bring about development in all sections of society,� he added.
Regarding the recent weakening of the Indian Rupee, Goswami said the Congress, the Left parties, economists and intellectuals with a �left-wing� mindset are trying to portray a distorted picture on the issue.
�The reality is that the US dollar is gaining strength in the global market these days while the currencies of all developing economies are weakening. This is happening due to the steps taken in recent times by the US Federal Reserve,� he said.
�But the fact remains that while the economies of most of the developing nations and even of advanced countries are witnessing a sort of slowdown, the Indian economy continues to grow at a rapid pace,� Goswami added.