Gogoi flays Ram Madhav, says no unholy nexus with AIUDF

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GUWAHATI, March 25: Former Assam chief minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Monday denied any secret and unholy understanding between the Congress and Maulana Badaruddin Ajamal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Assam as alleged by BJP.

BJP national general secretary and in-charge of Northeast, Ram Madhav on Sunday had alleged that there was an unholy nexus between the two parties for seat sharing in the elections.

“We have no understanding with the AIUDF. If there is an understanding, we will have to sacrifice few seats to them. But Congress is fighting in all the seats. So there is no question of any understanding,” Gogoi said addressing a press conference at Rajiv Bhawan here.

Referring to Madhav’s statement that the Congress might win an election in Pakistan, Gogoi said it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who ‘ate biryani’ there and sent a ‘love letter’ to his counterpart of the neighbouring country.

“It was Congress government which bifurcated Pakistan and created two nations. These comments by BJP are nothing but just an attempt to deviate public attention from the real issues – jobs crisis, farmers’ distress, corruption and deposit of Rs 15 lakh in our accounts,” Gogoi said.

The veteran Congress leader expressed sadness over denial of ticket to former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, who has been replaced by BJP President Amit Shah in Gandhinagar seat.

“Advani had huge contribution in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government coming to power, but today he is neglected by his own party. Not only him, but the entire old-guard like Arun Shourie and others are neglected. They are intelligent people and Modi does not like intelligent people around him,” Gogoi said.

He alleged that the Modi government has ‘failed’ on all fronts and has ‘not fulfilled’ a single promise made to people in 2014.

“Our fight is not against the person Modi, but against his divisive, communal and anti-people policies. This election is a big challenge for democracy,” he added.

Talking about denial of Lok Sabha ticket to his former party colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma at the last moment by BJP, Gogoi said: “It is an insult to him. First, the name was included and then deleted. Amit Shah must have given consent, but Modi objected to Himanta.”

The Congress leader alleged that a ‘cold war’ is going on between Sarma and Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who also ‘failed’ in delivering anything positive in the state.

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