Assam Chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday expressed gratitude to the people of the state for reposing their confidence in the Congress. "We were sure of forming the government again as very few states in the country had introduced so many schemes for the welfare of common people," Gogoi told reporters here.
"The people were by and large satisfied with our work and mostly women, youths and the educated people were enthusiastic and supported us to win," he said. Asked about the 'mantra' for his party's victory for the third consecutive term under him, the chief minister replied, "there is no mantra. People understood our commitment and sincerity to work for them".
"Inspite of propaganda by the opposition parties and some organisations such as the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), the people were not swayed but remained faithful to our commitment to them, Gogoi said. "We are very grateful to the people for believing in us and not the opposition propaganda", he added.
The chief minister expressed the hope that the peace talks with the ULFA and other militant outfits NDFB, KLNLF, DHD-J, etc., would be resolved through negotiations during the next five years. On the issue of corruption, Gogoi said, "I am not denying that there is corruption but we need to tackle the situation."