Jorhat, March 16: Jorhat's Congress candidate Rana Goswami, has responded to NEDA Convenor and Cabinet Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma's remark relating to the election contest between Rana and BJP candidate cum incumbent Jorhat legislator Hitendra Nath Goswami by throwing up a challenge to Dr Sarma to talk about Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the move to settle illegal Bangladeshi migrants by the Centre.
Dr Sarma after leading a padayatra across several localities of the town on Sunday addressed a campaign meeting at the Truck Stand in the AT Road here.
During the course of his address, Dr Sarma while urging the voters to cast their votes for BJP, reportedly commented that the election fight was not between two Goswamis, but between Ram Singh, the commander of Mughal forces during the Mughal's attempt to bring Assam under their empire along with Ajmal on one side and indigenous people of the State on the opposite side.
Reacting to the Minister's remark, Rana on Monday said that Himanta was taking people of the State 500 years back instead of taking forward.
He threw up a challenge to the Minister asking him to come to Jorhat and announce publicly that BJP-led Government passed CAA and will be settling illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.
Rana further alleged that Himanta cannot speak about the sharp rise in prices of essentials like petrol, diesel and LPG cylinders during BJP rule.
He also challenged the Minister to speak about his government's performance regarding providing employment since his party promised before the 2016 polls to give employment to 25 lakhs youths per year.
Rana further asked Himanta to speak about the promise made by BJP earlier of increasing daily wage of tea workers to Rs 350 which has not been done yet.
Several leaders of the Congress-led grand alliance formed jointly to contest the Assembly polls were present along with Rana and appealed to the people of Jorhat to ensure victory of the Congress candidate.