Jorhat, March 18: A day after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal addressed a campaign rally at Mariani constituency in Jorhat district, NEDA Convenor and State Health and Family Welfare, PWD, Finance and Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma gave another boost to the BJP's campaign by undertaking a huge padayatra (foot procession) across the Mariani town on Wednesday evening.
Having party candidate Ramani Tanti and Assam Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa by his sides, the Minister led the the procession comprising a large number of party workers and supporters from near the Duklangia Tea Estate.
Smiling and waving to people, most of whom were youths and women in plenty, Dr Sarma shaked hands with many as people wanted to grab the opportunity to come closer towards him.
The BJP's top campaigner in the state was showered with flower petals all along the way and was presented with lot of gamosas by the people with one among them gifting a turban which he had put on till the end of padayatra that passed through commercial and residential areas of the railway township.
After ending the procession, Dr Sarma addressed a meeting at an auditorium near the Hunwal Tea Estate, where he started his speech with the remark that going by the tremendous response he has received from people across Assam during his campaign tour, "like Sachin Tendulkar in cricket the BJP will score a century in the polls this time".
He said that to complete the century Mariani will have to be in BJP's hands and he was confident that the voters will let that happen for their betterment.
Taking a dig at the sitting three-time Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi, the Minister said that he often sees Kurmi on TV sitting on the streets or in front of the police station or somewhere else creating trouble.
He said, on the other hand, roads and streets were lagging behind, youths remaining unemployed and deprived of Government schemes, but the MLA was seen busy sitting on the ground in front of media persons.
Dr Sarma urged the people to let Kurmi, who always likes to sit on the ground, be grounded from the Assembly seat, and instead elect BJP's Ramani Tanti in his place to initiate a journey of progress and development in the constituency.
Dr Sarma took the Congress to task for failing to undertake developmental and welfare works during the Congress' rule and said that distribution of freebies like yarn, blankets and lungis (Sarons) was the policy mostly followed by Congress government.
He gave a list of developmental and welfare works undertaken by the BJP-led government in Assam and mentioned nunber of schemes under which different categories of beneficiaries were provided financial assistance while under certain scheme beneficiaries benefitted in kind.
Dr Sarma pointed out about waiving of fees for college students and about taking up schemes to offer free medical treatment to poor families.
Mariani forms a part of Assam's tea belt with all three candidates, Ramami Tanti of BJP, incumbent legislator Rupjyoti Kurmi of the Congress and Gopal Ghatowar of the Asom Sangrami Gana Mancha in the fray, and all of them belonging to tea tribes community.