Need 5 more years to make Assam flood-free: Shah

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HT Correspondent

NALBARI, Jan 24: Asserting that BJP-led government has made Assam free from bullets and agitations, Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday urged people to give five more years to make the state free from flood too.

Addressing ‘Vijay Sankalp Samaroh’ rally in poll-bound Nalbari, Shah also attacked the Congress and its ally All India United Democratic Front-AIUDF led by Badruddin Ajmal and said, “A flood of development came here. Hospitals, new roads, colleges are being constructed. Industries are being set-up here. In the coming days, only BJP can solve the biggest problem of Assam — floods. We have made Assam free from bullets and agitations. Give five years more to BJP and we will make Assam free from flood too,” he said.

Shah said Congress cannot stop infiltrators in Assam as they are its vote bank.

“Can Congress and Badruddin Ajmal stop infiltrators in Assam? They will allow infiltrators since it is their vote bank. Only the Narendra Modi-led BJP government can free Assam from infiltrators,” he said.

“Many times, the Congress has accused the BJP of being communal, while the Congress is with the Muslim League in Kerala and is in alliance with Badruddin Ajmal in Assam. In which direction will the Congress take Assam? I want to ask the people who were in power for years, what you did for Assam’s culture? What did you do for the development of Assam?” he added.

Listing out some of the developments in Assam by the BJP government, Shah said that in the 13th Finance Commission, the state was given only Rs 79,000 crore.

“In the 14th Finance Commission, the BJP government gave Rs 1.55 lakh crore to the state. We opened bank accounts of about 7.20 lakh people in the tea garden area. BJP has done the work of giving Rs 5,000 to about 60.20 lakh people in 26 districts of Assam,” he added.

 

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