The BJP’s face of development politics, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi lashed out at “political parties patronising Bangladeshi immigrant settlers”, in an election campaign in the communally sensitive constituency of Lumding (in south Assam) on Friday.
“Youth of Assam should defeat the political forces which have been patronising immigrant settlers,” he said.
Modi, who addressed three election rallies in the state, blamed the Congress for the “identity crisis” of the people of Assam, referring again to the increasing population of immigrant settlers and the consequent effect on the demographics of the state.
Drawing attention to the Gujarat success story he said, “Assam is rich in all kinds of resources but people of Assam remain poor… Despite having resources to generate electricity, the state government had failed to improve the power scenario in Assam. In my state, despite a shortage of resources, I successfully provide 24-hour uninterrupted power to people.”
He also blamed the Congress-led United Progressive Government (UPA) at the Centre for the abnormal price rise of essential commodities and for failure to contain prices.