MORIGAON, Dec 11 - The heavyweights of the BJP and the Congress have drawn up strategies to woo the voters for the forthcoming Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC) election. Both the parties have been organising bike rallies and public meetings in a bid to reach out to the voters.
Experts closely monitoring the developments are of the view that this poll will be an acid test for the Congress as the Assembly election is due next year.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora addressed two rallies at Manipurtup and Barapujia, which saw participation of sizeable crowds. In his address, Bora severely criticised the saffron party for its recent farm laws and economic policies.
�The mush-touted slogan of Parivartan has failed to deliver. Corruption and nepotism have gripped various departments. However, Chief Minister is silent. The people of the State now want paritran (relief) not parivartan from the saffron party,� Bora, who is also an MP of the party, alleged.
Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, the APCC chief claimed that during the last five years, the Tiwa Autonomous Council was involved in deep-rooted corruption and the funds meant for the poor tribal people were misappropriated, which is unfortunate.
On the other hand, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika also held rallies in Ghaguwa, Garmari and Joonbeel areas, during which he appealed to the voters to reject the Congress.
�During the Congress regime, the development of the State came to a standstill and economy was completely shattered. But, the BJP has been able to improve the economy of the State by way of development,� he claimed.
The junior health minister also claimed that the Congress is not a factor in the ensuing Tiwa election.