GUWAHATI, April 8 - The Narendra Modi-led Government at the Centre is now making false claims to wrest credit for the projects initiated by the Congress-led previous UPA Government for the development of rail network in Assam.
But the real facet of its love for Assam is betrayed by the meagre allocation of Rs 500 crore it has made in its Budget for laying new rail tracks and installing double rail tracks in the State, which is a very small allocation compared to those made for other States of the country, said former Union Minster and the present president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee Ajay Maken, here today.
He also condemned the hike effected by the NDA Government in the annual fee of the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) from Rs 90,000 to Rs 2 lakh as a highly retrogressive step.
In a statement here, Maken also alleged that the NDA Government led by Narendra Modi has closed 12 schemes introduced by the UPA Government for the benefit of Assam and this has resulted in deprivation of Assam of a Central assistance of around Rs 7,000 crore.
To cover up all these, Narendra Modi is now trying to mislead the people of Assam with some hyperboles and false assurances.
On the other hand, BJP�s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, who is the Union Minister of Sports, has failed to bring about any change to the country�s sports arena. This proves his worthlessness as a leader, Maken said.
APCC reaction: In the meantime, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Anjan Dutta also condemned the above step of the Central Government to effect hike in the annual fee of the IITs.
This step will deprive the students from economically weak background to study in the IITs. If the Central Government implements this decision, the Congress will have no other alternative left but to go for a long-drawn agitation to get the decision revoked, Dutta said.