PASIGHAT, Apr 6: The Congress’ star campaigner, Govardhan Asrani, said the BJP-led NDA government ruined the country’s economy by introducing cashless transaction and high rate of goods & services tax.
Addressing an election campaign here in East Siang district on Saturday, Asrani also flayed the BJP government for failing to fulfill several of its poll promises.
“The BJP had promised to bring back black money stashed abroad and create two lakh jobs. But none of the promises has materialized during its five-year tenure,” said the popular Bollywood comedian.
Describing the Congress as “the mother of many political parties” which has produced several top political leaders, Asrani said some leaders were now deserting the Congress “for politics of vested interests.”
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Takam Sanjoy alleged that the BJP had hijacked the Congress government in Arunachal and formed a government with legislators, a majority of whom had been elected on Congress tickets.
He also alleged that “the BJP has broken all previous records of corruption and ruined the economy of the state,” and appealed to the people to make wise choices while deciding which party to vote for.
Highlighting the party’s election manifesto, Sanjoy said the Congress has decided not only to enhance the BPL rice quota from 5 kgs to 30 kgs per month but also provide it free of cost to the beneficiaries.
The party has also decided to hike the labour wage up to Rs 18,000, if voted to power, he said.
Former education minister and the party’s candidate for the Pasighat East seat, Bosiram Siram, highlighted the failures of the incumbent BJP MLA of the constituency, and the various achievements made during his (Siram) tenure as MLA.
Arunachal Congress Legislative Party leader and former minister Takam Pario, and former MP and Congress MLA candidate for the Pasighat West constituency, Ninong Ering, also spoke during the rally.
They appealed to the people to uproot the BJP’s base from the state.
Among others, DCC president Oni Tamuk, District Mahila Congress president Ponung Jamoh and other party leaders of Pasighat, Mebo and Pasighat West areas attended the rally.
More than 20,000 Congress party members and supporters joined the rally.