Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “twin-engine” growth rhetoric for the upcoming Assam Assembly elections, the Congress-led opposition alliance alleged that the ruling BJP was running a “government to two leaders ”in the state – an apparent jibe to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the most powerful minister in his cabinet, Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Prime Minister Modi, who was today in the city of Dhemaji, in upper Assam, to inaugurate multi-crore projects in the oil and gas sector and two engineering schools, said: “Assam has whatever is sufficient for the Assamese people. We just need to make sure that the dual engine of development (BJP governments in Assam and Central) already in place is strengthened “.
After the event, the opposition Congress and its allies – AIUDF led by Badaruddin Ajmal, Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) and three left-wing parties – questioned the “silence” of the BJP government on key issues such as the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), unemployment, tribal status for six communities, the minimum wage for tea workers and rising prices for basic necessities.
“In Assam, they have set up a government of two chief ministers, everyone knows that. So this double-headed or twin-engine government has pushed Assam backward. The economy has been devastated. So where is the dual engine. growth? ”Assam Congress leader Ripun Bora told The Bharat Express News.
“Likewise, even after five years, why hasn’t the daily minimum wage for tea workers increased from 167 rupees to 351 rupees, as demanded by the tea community?” It was only when our party leader, Rahul Gandhi, recently announced that the daily minimum wage (would) increase to Rs 365 per day if Congress comes to power, that the BJP government only increases the wage by Rs 50 ”, he added.
“Forget the dual engine, it doesn’t even have a single engine, but it has two pilots, each pulling the government one way or the other and thus causing frequent crashes. There is no wave Modi the BJP is trying to move its agenda forward, but that would not work, ”said AIUDF General Secretary Aminul Islam.
Assam will go to the polls in the coming months.