Shri Narendra Modi addressed a large Maha Jagaran Rally in Guwahati in Assam. This is Shri Modi’s first visit to Assam after he was declared the NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate. In an elaborate speech Shri Narendra Modi shared his vision for the overall development of the Northeast and called for uprooting the Congress Party from the Centre. Shri Modi also questioned the Prime Minister of India on what he did for the state of Assam considering he has represented the state for 23 years.
Urging the people of the Northeast to vote for the BJP Shri Modi said that the 8 states of the Northeast are like the Ashtalakshmi and the relation between Lakshmi ji and the Lotus is very well known.
Shri Narendra Modi expressed his pain at the lack of development in Assam. He pointed that Assam has great potential, as it is a land of tea and timber. He asked why is it that the same Assam, whose tea energizes the entire nation every morning is without energy and is facing power crisis. He further questioned why such a peace loving land was been full of violence and bloodshed? Shri Modi said that the Congress leaders are always keen to talk about NREGA wherever they do but asked the people if they got any jobs in Assam. He also commented on the poor law and order situation in the state which is evident due to the kidnappings, killings, extortions and bombs. “Assam has the Brahmaputra but Guwahati does not have water to drink,” avowed Shri Modi. Referring to the Assam Chief Minister, Shri Modi stated, “Naam Tarun hone se soch Tarun nahi ho jati.”
On the Prime Minister’s lack of concern for the state that has elected him for 23 years Shri Modi said, “The Prime Minister of the nation is elected from Assam and that too for 23 years. You made such a big investment but what did you get? Even if our small Karyakarta was in the Rajya Sabha for 23 years he or she would have made efforts for Assam’s development.” Shri Modi accused the Congress leaders of considering the nation as their private property and this was seen in the manner in which the Congress decided to go ahead on the land swap deal without consulting the people of Assam.
Shri Narendra Modi assured the people that the BJP government at the Centre would bring back every penny of black money and spend the money for the purpose of development. He also spoke out against the illegal infiltration from Bangladesh and called for proper verification processes to ascertain who came from Bangladesh.
At the start of his speech Shri Narendra Modi paid tributes to all those who lost their lives in the creation of Assam. He paid tributes to Gopinath Bordoloi and said that so immersed was the Congress in the Bhakti of one family that they forgot the contribution of others in the freedom struggle. He also took on the Congress leaders who are attacking the Gujarat government’s efforts to make a Statue of Unity, saying that Sardar Patel is not a leader of a party but the leader of an entire nation.
Several BJP leaders and Karyakartas were present on the occasion.