Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday praised Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for the upliftment of women in the state. Campaigning for the second and last phase of elections in Goalpara district, Rahul Gandhi said Gogoi has always worked for poor in the state. He added that he has asked Gogoi to provide free medical facilities to all the poor in all the hospitals of Assam.
At the Goalpara rally and at rallies in Dhubri and Abhayapuri, Gandhi said if the BJP comes to power in Assam, the state will go back to those days when there was violence, bloodshed and tears everywhere 15 years back.
"This election is a fight between thoughts and ideologies. On one side, there is an ideology that fought against the British, brought the Constitution of India, loves and respects the citizens of the country — the name of which is Congress."
"On the other hand, there is a thought which believes in breaking things, that wants people to fight against one another, wants to spread hatred — the name for this thought is Narendra Modi, BJP, RSS," Gandhi said at a rally in Dhubri, located along the India-Bangladesh border.
"India does not belong to any particular caste or community. It belongs to all Indian citizens who have been living here. The Congress is committed to secure the rights of all Indians and the party will not allow anyone to break the unity between the people of different castes, communities or religion," he added.
Gandhi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his poll promise of bringing back black money from abroad, and said the central government was only interested in bringing the "Fair & Lovely" scheme through which "thieves and gundas (hooligans)" can convert their black money into white by paying a meagre tax.
Referring to the election results in Bihar, Gandhi said the people of Assam were going to repeat what the people of Bihar did.
"Modi ji went to Bihar to make some new promises. However, people asked him to go back to Delhi and fulfill the previous promises made during the Lok Sabha polls. The same is going to be repeated here," he said.
With inputs from agencies