Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has referred to the Congress as “ancient currency notes,” claiming that the nation has been moving on the wrong path for the last 75 years owing to the grand old party’s “non-performance.”
He said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guidance, the northeastern area, which “barely experienced progress” during Congress control, is advancing toward wealth.
“The Congress has devolved into old currency notes that no one wants to touch because they are useless,” he declared late Sunday at a BJP by-election campaign rally in the Agartala assembly seat.
Senior BJP leader Ashok Sinha has been nominated for the seat, where he will face off against Congress heavyweight contender Sudip Roy Barman.
“Because of Congress’s failures, the nation took a 75-year step backwards. Tripura had to wait a long time for a Rajdhani Express. Now, the northeast is on its way to becoming prosperous “Assam’s chief minister said.
Biplab Kumar Deb, a former Tripura chief minister, also addressed this during the event.
Due to bad weather, Mr Sarma, who landed in Agartala on Sunday morning to begin his campaign, could not speak at two planned rallies in North Tripura and Dhalai districts for by-elections to the Yubarajnagar and Surma assembly seats, respectively.
He did, however, lead a road show in the Town Bardowali Assembly constituency in favour of Chief Minister Manik Saha, who is running for re-election.
The North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) chairman, addressing the Congress, joked that the party had been losing elections since 2014.
“In the last ten years, have you heard of the Congress winning an election? Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the BJP is winning all electoral contests in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand “he said.
Mr Sarma also praised the BJP-led government’s welfare programs for the poor, claiming that the needy “are now getting free food and free vaccine.”
The Assam chief minister urged electors to vote for BJP candidates in the by-elections for all four assembly seats in Tripura, saying it would take ten years to transform the state into a completely new and developed form.
On June 23, by-polls for four assembly districts will be conducted. On June 26th, the votes will be counted.