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So-called Modi wave is over: Joshi

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 27 - Exuding confidence of regaining power in Dispur for the fourth consecutive term, the Congress today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s rallies have drawn very thin attendance.

Addressing the media here, Congress general secretary CP Joshi said that Rahul Gandhi�s recent public events in the State, including his padyatras, drew much more response from the public as compared to the public response to the rallies of Modi in Assam during the past two days.

�We can judge from the comparative responses... The body language and content of the Prime Minister�s speeches show that the BJP will lose badly and the Congress will again form the government in Assam... The so-called Modi wave is over,� Joshi said.

Asked how many seats the Congress expects to win in the forthcoming Assam Legislative Assembly polls, Joshi said, �We will at least cross the halfway mark... The unity index of the Congress is at its peak, barring some aberrations.�

He added that the BJP had made a lot of promises during the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but none of the promises has been fulfilled during the two years of the NDA regime. Joshi accused the NDA government of merely being engaged in repackaging and rebranding of the old schemes launched by the previous UPA dispensation.

Joshi also accused Modi of �lowering the dignity� of Prime Minister�s position by his utterances against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. �His utterances reveal his sense of frustration. Why did the BJP need to ally with the AGP and BPF? This shows that they have conceded defeat,� Joshi said.

He further added that the saffron party�s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal has once raised the issue of corruption charges against Himanta Biswa Sarma in the Parliament. �Now they have come together,� Joshi said.

Speaking on the occasion, APCC president Anjan Dutta said that both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Assam soon. Rahul will be addressing rallies on March 29 at Diphu, Karimganj and Sonai. He will again come on March 31 to address rallies at Digboi, Moran and Tezpur.

Sonia Gandhi will come to Assam on March 30 and conduct rallies in Amguri and Biswanath Chariali. The two leaders will again come to the State in April to take part in campaigning for the second phase of polls.

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So-called Modi wave is over: Joshi

GUWAHATI, March 27 - Exuding confidence of regaining power in Dispur for the fourth consecutive term, the Congress today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s rallies have drawn very thin attendance.

Addressing the media here, Congress general secretary CP Joshi said that Rahul Gandhi�s recent public events in the State, including his padyatras, drew much more response from the public as compared to the public response to the rallies of Modi in Assam during the past two days.

�We can judge from the comparative responses... The body language and content of the Prime Minister�s speeches show that the BJP will lose badly and the Congress will again form the government in Assam... The so-called Modi wave is over,� Joshi said.

Asked how many seats the Congress expects to win in the forthcoming Assam Legislative Assembly polls, Joshi said, �We will at least cross the halfway mark... The unity index of the Congress is at its peak, barring some aberrations.�

He added that the BJP had made a lot of promises during the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, but none of the promises has been fulfilled during the two years of the NDA regime. Joshi accused the NDA government of merely being engaged in repackaging and rebranding of the old schemes launched by the previous UPA dispensation.

Joshi also accused Modi of �lowering the dignity� of Prime Minister�s position by his utterances against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. �His utterances reveal his sense of frustration. Why did the BJP need to ally with the AGP and BPF? This shows that they have conceded defeat,� Joshi said.

He further added that the saffron party�s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal has once raised the issue of corruption charges against Himanta Biswa Sarma in the Parliament. �Now they have come together,� Joshi said.

Speaking on the occasion, APCC president Anjan Dutta said that both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Assam soon. Rahul will be addressing rallies on March 29 at Diphu, Karimganj and Sonai. He will again come on March 31 to address rallies at Digboi, Moran and Tezpur.

Sonia Gandhi will come to Assam on March 30 and conduct rallies in Amguri and Biswanath Chariali. The two leaders will again come to the State in April to take part in campaigning for the second phase of polls.