Cong formally launches panchayat poll campaign

APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita and senior ministers also addressed the rally.

Guwahati: The ruling Congress in Assam on Saturday formally launched the panchayat election campaign by giving a clarion call to the people to root out the communal and divisive forces and vote the party to power.

"We will win this is for sure. The communal and divisive forces of BJP, AGP and AIUDF will not work, the people are vigilant enough", Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said while addressing a huge rally at the Khanapara veterinary field here.

Coming down heavily on the BJP and AGP for their vote based politics, the chief minister alleged that these parties "wake up before any election".

"Otherwise there is no entity for them but you will see them active before any election which only proves their selfish desires", Gogoi said.

Claiming that the party will comfortably win the panchayat poll scheduled early next near, the chief minister said the policies of the government in ushering in development will speak for itself and people will bring "us to power".

Charging the then prime minister of the NDA government Atal Behari Vajpayee of "welcoming illegal migrants" by declaring they will be issued work permits, the chief minister vowed that the process of issuing voters identity cards to "genuine Indian citizens" have started and it will be completed soon.

"Both the AGP and BJP as well as the AIUDF (principal opposition party) are trying to blow up the issue of illegal migrants before any election but this will be not an issue", he said.

APCC president Bhubaneswar Kalita and senior ministers also addressed the rally.


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