BJP to make Assam infiltration and flood free, says Home Minister Amit Shah

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Home minister Amit Shah has said Congress can ‘never protect’ Assam as it had an alliance with the All India United Democratic Front of Badruddin Ajmal. Only BJP can make Assam ‘infiltration free’ and ‘flood free’, he said and predicted that BJP would secure a two-thirds majority in the assembly polls.

Shah took part in a temple ceremony in Puranidudan and later visited Borduwa, in Nagaon district, the birthplace of reformer Srimanta Sankardeva. He also visited KarbiAnglong to mark the recent surrender of arms by five militant outfits.

Congress leaders are seen in Assam only during polls and they ‘roam around streets of New Delhi’ otherwise, Shah alleged. “During the Assam agitation, Congress fired on agitators. Now those who took part in agitation are out to help the Congress by floating different parties and putting up candidates. They will split the votes meant for BJP; they know that they cannot win. This is unfortunate as several youths were killed in firing,” he alleged.

Shah was referring to the All Assam Students Union and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad promoted Assam Jatiya Parishad, which has decided to contest the polls in alliance with peasant leader Akhil Gogoi-led Raijor Dal. Shah said those who ‘live by agitation’ cannot give development. “BJP along with its ally Asom Gana Parishad, which symbolises Assamese identity, will win the assembly polls with a two-thirds majority.” Incidentally, the AGP was a product of the 1980s Assam agitation.

Seeking one more term for BJP to make Assam ‘free from flooding’, Shah said, “already we have initiated a move for infiltration free Assam. Now we need to make Assam flood free. Satellite mapping is done for four seasons, sites are located where water can be diverted and used for irrigation. We will make Assam flood free in the next five years,” Shah claimed.

“The prime minister wants to take the region on the path of progress. The state government can provide financial help to more Namghars (traditional Vaishnavite monasteries of Assam) before polls. The Centre had last year provided Rs 2.5 lakh each to 8,000 Namghars.

Shah said that northeast India would emerge as the highest contributor to India’s GDP . “Assam is on the path of development. Assam was earlier known for agitation, arms, violence. Now it will be known for development, investment, education and tourism,” he said. Incidentally, after the Citizenship Amendment Act was passed by the BJP government in 2019, Assam has seen several protests.

Shah assured to provide a package for the development of Karbi Anglong, at Dengaon. He alleged previous Congress governments had’ neglected’ the hill districts





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