Congress launches Mission 80 for 2021 assembly polls

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GUWAHATI, June 17: After the debacle in the last Lok Sabha elections, the Assam Congress announced “Mission 80” programme in the state to capture power in the 2021 assembly elections.

The decision was made in an extended executive committee meeting of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) held on Saturday.

“We have set the ‘Mission 80’ for 2021. We will start work from now to achieve this target. This is a very serious challenge and not easy, but we are ready to take it,” senior leader and former chief minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi told reporters here Monday.

“I will take leadership from the front.” Gogoi said when asked who will take the leadership for its ‘Mission 80′ target,

The Congress currently has 25 MLAs in the assembly, while the BJP has 61 and its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) have 14 and 12 members respectively.

The AIUDF has 13 members in the House and there is one Independent.

“The main strategy to re-capture power in 2021 will be re-establishing contact with people and strengthening the booth committees for that,” Gogoi said.

Gogoi admitted that the party became complacent after being in power from 2001 to 2016. “We can learn from the RSS that how they maintain connect with the people. We will visit each home and enquire about peoples’ problems and see if the facilities promised by the BJP government have actually been delivered or not. We will have to spend more time in villages,” he added.

Gogoi said the Congress too had Seva Dal, Bharat Yuvak Samaj and other social organisations like the various branches of the RSS, but these have become inactive over the years.

“We need to revive our ground contact with the people. We have to listen to their grievances and accommodate them in our plan of actions. Then they will accept us again,” he said.

He, however, refrained from projecting anyone as the face of Congress chief minister at this moment and said new leaders will emerge during the next two years.

Gogoi alleged that the BJP wants to have a single- party rule in the entire country with the help of money and muscle powers, but it is a danger to democracy.

He also wondered why people voted again for the BJP- led NDA government in the recent Lok Sabha elections despite huge job loss, price rise, farm crisis, impact of demonetisation and GST, false promises on Rs 15 lakh deposit to bank accounts and many other such issues. (with PTI input)

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