JORHAT, March 4 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today urged party members to gear up for the panchayat elections in order to ensure the saffron party�s taking over the last bastion of the Congress party in Assam.
Sonowal was speaking as the chief guest at the Yuba Samaroh organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuba Morcha (youth wing of BJP) unit of Baghchung Block at Garamur on the outskirts of the city today afternoon.
The Chief Minister said that the time has come to go back to the people and regain their confidence so that the �journey of real development and progress� that the State was witnessing in all spheres could be augmented.
Sonowal said that the people of the country four years back had voted the BJP to power under the leadership of Narendra Modi at the Centre as they wanted a parivartan for a Government with good governance as promised by Modi to take the country on the path of fast development. He said people also trusted Modi�s strong stand against corruption and practising of value-based politics.
Stating that the Modi-led Government had started a new journey of development in the past four years with India progressing on all fronts and scripting a positive story, India�s stature at the global level was rising high, claimed Sonowal. He added that Assam too has been part of that journey since the past two years.
�Our Government has been following the path shown by Modiji and Assam was moving ahead in the right direction with this Government trying to root out corruption from all spheres and enable all citizens irrespective of caste, creed and religion to enjoy the fruits of development,� the Chief Minister said.
He urged the grassroot-level workers to revitalise themselves and reach out to the people and seek their assistance in getting the lotus to bloom in each panchayat of Assam.
Sonowal urged the party workers to take youth activists along with them and visit rural areas, including the far-flung remote areas and tell the people about the series of welfare schemes along with employment avenues initiated by the Central and State governments for the marginalised and downtrodden sections, besides other sections of the society.
He said the grassroot-level functionaries should seek feedback from the people about any complaints regarding implementation of Government welfare schemes and then take up such matter with the respective Government authorities for prompt redressal.
Sonowal said his Government had undertaken a series of steps for all-round development of the State along with a strong drive against corruption, which will continue.
Stating that this was the age of competition, he urged the party workers to formulate strategies for the ensuing panchayat polls, saying it was a �big responsibility� as there were 27,000 different posts under the panchayats which will have to be elected.
While stating that winning had become a habit for the BJP under the dynamic leadership of Modi, said the people of the North East too had reposed faith in the party by forming governments in most of the NE States.
He thanked the Centre for presenting the Assamese phulam gamusa to 10 heads of ASEAN nations who were chief guests at the Republic Day function last month, as the gesture has catapulted Assam�s cultural pride.