Nalbari (Assam), January 24
Pitching for another term for a BJP-led government in Assam to “safeguard” the interests of the state, Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday the Congress-AIUDF combine would open “all gates” to infiltrators if voted to power.
In his first political rally in the poll-bound state, Shah also took a swipe at the Congress for calling the BJP “communal”, and questioned the grand old party’s alliance with the Muslim League in Kerala and the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF in Assam, two regional parties that draw their support mostly from Muslims.
At the “Vijay Sankalp Samaroh”, Shah asserted that an era of peace and development has ushered in Assam with the BJP in power in the state and also at the Centre under PM Narendra Modi.
He also took a dig at the Assam Jatiya Parishad, a party floated by former AASU leader Lurinjyoti Gogoi which is tipped to ally with Akhil Gogoi-led Raijor Dal, without naming them, saying they are in the poll arena to help the Congress by trying to cut into votes of the BJP.
“The BJP government in Assam would turn the state free from the frequent agitations, free from the recurring floods and free from the corruption,” Shah said.
“Tell me loudly,” he asked the crowd, “Can the Congress and Ajmal keep Assam free from infiltrators? If they come to power, they will open all gates to welcome them because they are their vote bank.” Only the Modi government at the Centre and a government in the state which has its guidance and blessings could stop infiltration, he said. — PTI