JORHAT, Dec 2 - State Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Finance and PWD, Himanta Biswa Sarma, one of the top campaigners of the BJP, continued his tirade against alliance partner AGP at Teok Assembly seat area on Friday - currently occupied by AGP MLA Renupoma Rajkhowa, a former Deputy Speaker - in Jorhat district.
Addressing an election meeting at Rajabari playground at Teok, Sarma said, �nowdays the AGP is seen to be backed by �Na Axomiya� (literally meaning new Assamese people, pointing towards migrants) whereas the BJP was backed by the indigenous Assamese people.�
Sarma said the BJP was committed to take the State forward by focusing on the progress and prosperity of all the Assamese people.
Hitting out at the Congress, the Minister said that the party (Congress) only paid lip service to women�s empowerment by invoking the names of Sati Sadhoni and Konoklota, but actual empowerment was being done by the BJP, which had given Rs 25,000 to each self-help group instead of the paltry sums doled out by the previous Congress governments during its 15-year tenure.
Targeting Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind president Arshad Madani, Sarma said that Madani was against the NRC updation process and was now opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. He alleged that �several forces� of the State were following Madani and opposing the Bill and organising protests.
Sarma said that the BJP was committed to updating the NRC without errors by having a correct document.
Earlier on Thursday, State Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharyya from the BJP addressed a party election meeting on the western outskirts of Jorhat under Dergaon Legislative Assembly under the AGP.
Jorhat district goes to the polls on December 5.