MANGALDAI, April 1 - The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram campaigned for the BJP and its allies on Wednesday by taking part in an election rally at the Panery LAC, which is surrounded by tea gardens and is close to the Indo-Bhutan border in Udalguri.
�With the motto of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (With All, Development of All) initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP, AGP and BPF got united in Assam only to uproot the corrupt Congress to create a shining Assam and a new ray of hope,� said Oram while addressing the rally organised by the BPF at the Dimakuchi Stadium in Panery LAC.
The Union minister, accompanied by BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and Rajya Sabha member Biswajit Daimary, earlier landed at the stadium in a private chopper to launch the campaign for BPF candidate Kamali Basumatary. A large gathering from cross sections of the society, including Adivasis, Bodos, Bengalis, religious minority community and Assamese-speaking people, attended the rally. District-level leaders of the BJP, AGP and BPF also attended the rally.
Coming down heavily on the Congress, the Union minister criticised the State Government for its alleged failure to construct roads and school buildings and appreciated the leadership of Hagrama Mohilary in �bringing about a total change in the region.�
The Congress has already done a lot of damage and harm to Assam and it is high time that the party was uprooted for a change, added Oram. He promised that the Union Government would grant ST status to the ethnic tribes making the demand in Assam.
Addressing the rally, MP Biswajit Daimary described the Congress candidate of the constituency as the �seasonal cuckoo� as he is seen in his home constituency only at the time of election. BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary, in his speech, exuded the confidence that the BPF-BJP-AGP alliance would bag 72 to 80 seats in the ensuing Assembly polls to form the Government.
Publicity secretary of All Adivasi Students� Association of Assam (AASAA) Francis Chermoko and vice president Rajen Horo, who also took part in the rally, extended their support to the BJP-AGP-BPF alliance. The BPF candidate for Panery LAC, Kamali Basumatary appealed to all sections of people to cast their votes in favour of the BPF to �form a corruption-free Government in the State and bid goodbye to the corrupt rule of the Congress.� BTC Executive Member Jagadish Sarkar and other local BPF leaders also attended the rally.
It may be mentioned here that Panery will go to polls on April 4.