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Assam troubled because of Bangladesh, Pak worried because of me: Modi

HT Correspondent and Agencies, Hindustan Times  Silchar (Assam), February 22, 2014
First Published: 15:43 IST(22/2/2014) | Last Updated: 18:53 IST(22/2/2014)

Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday continued his poll agenda to gather support in the northeast with a visit to Silchar in Assam and attacked the Congress party all over again for the lack of development in the region.

This is Modi's second rally in Assam this month after the February 8 rally in Guwahati. The Gujarat chief minister spoke at Pasighat in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh earlier in the day and will also visit Agartala in Tripura.

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"What does Assam lack? This is a truly blessed state. But who has looted Assam?" he asked.

"When BJP comes to power we will develop facilities for tea-traders and tea-gardens," promised Modi and kept the "chaiwallah" jibe alive.

He also touched upon the problem of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the state.

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"The people of Assam are troubled because of Bangladesh and Pakistan is worried because of me."

Modi mocked chief minister Tarun Gogoi critising his government's "votebank politics" and attacked the Congress party as well by saying it is beginning of the end of the party.

"When your CM finds out that I am about to come here, he suffers sleepless nights," he said.

He questioned Gogoi's absence during the 2012 floods saying "He was in USA and went to Japan after that."

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He accused the Congress party of destroying the country during its reign in the past 60 years and asked the people to help him make the lotus bloom in the region.

"Don't trust Congress, they don't have an agenda except ruining people's lives."

"Give me the responsibility. What didn't happen in the past 60 years, I will do it in 60 months."

He also talked about famous tea plantations of the state demanded that children of those working in tea plantations should get education and opportunities.

"It is the government's responsibility to give tea plantation workers their rights," he said.


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