Gandhis stalling House: PM

Gandhis stalling House: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose a hectic one-day visit to Assam where he attended four different events to hit out at the Gandhi family for “disrupting” Parliament, a tactic he said was aimed at taking revenge for the 2014 election drubbing.

The prime minister said “one family” was responsible for the disruptions in Parliament that stalled the passage of many important legislations and in a way “slowed” the nation’s development.

Modi kick-started the saffron party’s campaign for the Assembly polls from upper Assam, one of the strongholds of the Congress which has been ruling the state since 2001.

“There are leaders in the Opposition who want Parliament to run even as they oppose me, but one family is too rigid to allow the Rajya Sabha to function. It seems that they want to take revenge for their defeat. They have been reduced from 400 to 40,” said Modi, while addressing a huge rally at Moran in Dibrugarh district.

The rally was attended by over 50,000 people from the tea tribe community, one of Congress’ dedicated vote bank who sided with the saffron party in the 2014 general elections.

“There are several important bills. We wanted to bring a bill on inland water transport to develop a river port. Assam would have benefitted the most. We would have developed the banks of Brahmaputra but they won’t allow Parliament to work,” the prime minister said, while claiming that the tea garden labourers who have put Assam on the global map with their world-class produce have been denied of their rights by the ruling Congress government.

This was the BJP’s first in Assam after naming Union Sports Minister and state BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal as the chief ministerial candidate.

Striking a pun, Modi urged the people of Assam to elect Sonowal to power to bring happiness as he noted that “Sarbananda” means happiness for all. “If the country has Ananda (Happiness), Assam has Sarbananda (happiness for all). Give a chance now to Sarbananda, you have given chance to others several times,” said the prime minister.

Modi’s tirade against the Gandhi family started earlier with the first engagement of the day, inauguration of the Rs 10,000 crore gas cracker project at Lepetkata in Dibrugarh district. Modi slammed the previous Congress-led UPA government for its inordinate delay.

“I was, in fact, not supposed to get the opportunity to inaugurate the project. Had this project been completed and inaugurated 25 years ago, Assam would have seen lot of industrial development and employment opportunities for the youth. I, however, sometimes feel I am destined to do good works,” said Modi.

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