MORIGAON, April 7 - Congress president Sonia Gandhi has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s �Make in India� programme a mere slogan and said that it would do nothing for a backward State like Assam.
Addressing a huge election rally at Jhargaon near Jagiroad in Morigaon district today, Gandhi said that the Narendra Modi government was noncommittal about resolving the burning problems of Assam, such as flood, and that the �Make in India� slogan in Assam is meaningless, with people groaning under backwardness due to the perennial floods, besides other communication problems.
The Land Acquisition Bill may be used for the interest of the capitalists by the BJP, which will be opposed by the Congress, she added.
Referring to the GST Bill, which is pending in Parliament, Gandhi said that the capitalist BJP wanted to implement the Bill in different ways for which backward States like Assam would suffer and the people would have to pay exorbitant taxes for it.
�The Congress will oppose all anti-people measures, including the introduction of the GST Bill,� she added.
Referring to the �poribortan (change)� frequently uttered by the BJP, Gandhi said that the saffron brigade will deliver a �complete negative change�. �It is our party that stands for development in the State, as has been done by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi during his 15-year tenure,� she said.
Gandhi appealed to the people to vote for Congress candidates Bibekananda Doley, Jon Jonali Boruah and Dr Nazrul Islam.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Anjan Datta also addressed the gathering.
Addressing another rally at Sarukshetri in Barpeta district, Gandhi attacked the Modi-led government for its failure to keep pre-poll commitments. The Modi government also did not present its accounts of activities for the last two years, she added.
Beginning her speech with the recollection of the great revolutionary and visionary Ambikagiri Roychoudhury, the APCC president alleged that the glory of historical Barpeta is fast diminishing after the NDA assumed power at the Centre two years ago.
She claimed that Assam has witnessed a sea change in terms of development under the leadership of Tarun Gogoi during the last 15 years and exhorted the people to give him another opportunity to accelerate the ongoing development and welfare activities.