Gogoi fires fresh salvo at Sonowal, Himanta

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JORHAT, Dec 22: Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi in a no holds barred attack lambasted chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the BJP and took a swipe at finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at a press meet here on Saturday.

Denouncing Sonowal for calling Rahul Gandhi and the Congress ‘beimaan’,  Gogoi said that it was the pronouncement of a frustrated man.

“The Congress is made up of stalwarts like Gopinath Bordoloi, Bimala Prasad Chaliha and the like and not made up of people like Sonowal who was initially an AASU leader and joined the AGP and then jumped the boat to join BJP,” Gogoi said.

He further said that it was no wrong to criticism rival politicians but using such derogatory language to describe Rahul Gandhi crossed the bounds of decency and reflected poorly on the person using such language and the party he represented.

He said that the BJP was mostly made up of people who had no ideology as the majority of the leaders had earlier belonged to other parties and had believed in other ideologies.

“Sonowal once represented regionalism and had fought against the illegal migrants and today he is silent, indicating his support of the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, which shows how he has regressed on his promise to the people and ideology,” Gogoi said.

Regarding Himanta Biswa Sarma, Gogoi said that he was a professional singer who could sing the tune of any party as and when it suited him.

He further said that the BJP was now on the back foot as the Jaati-Maati-Bheti brigade  were losing their bheti as was evident  from the panchayat election results.

He said that even the party’s claim of zero tolerance towards corruption was another big lie as they had incorporated into their party, the most corrupt politician who was in the Congress.

Referring to the upcoming visit of Prime minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Bogibeel rail cum road bridge, Gogoi said that the BJP does not deserve any credit for this as it was Congress backed former Prime Minister Deve Gorda in 1997 who had laid the foundation stone of the bridge at Dhemaji and laying another foundation stone by former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee of the BJP at a later date, was a meaningless exercise.

“The BJP does not deserve credit for this bridge or any other bridge over the Brahmaputra in Assam as all of them have been constructed by the Congress,” he further said.

Gogoi said that even the Union minister of state for railways had admitted in the Rajya Sabha that it was during late prime minister Indira Gandhi time in 1984 that the first measurements for building of the bridge had taken place.

He said that the BJP was good at creating a big show as was done during the laying of the Jorhat Majuli Lakhimpur bridge by Union minister Nitin Gadkari three years ago without a detailed project report.

Gogoi said that the BJP only paid lip service to India’s Act East Policy but was doing nothing to further this, going by the fact that the four lane highway construction in the upper Assam districts was progressing at snail’s pace.

The laying of the four lane highway in upper Assam would lead to improved connectivity to South East Asia via the neighboring state of Arunachal Pradesh. Till now the four lane had been laid from Guwahati to Nagaon in middle Assam.

Gogoi vowed to work for the Congress till his last breath and fight against corruption.

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