New Delh: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday dared Union minister and BJP state chief Sarbananda Sonowal to come out with a 'white paper' on achievements of former and present BJP governments instead of "spreading canards" against Congress dispensations.
"Sonowal cannot hoodwink the people of Assam by making false statements that the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government virtually did nothing for Assam in the past 10 years of its term and the present Congress dispensation in Assam in the past 15 years.
"People can witness the development on different fronts like roads, health and education. The state has surpassed even big states like Gujarat in some key parameters," he said here.
Gogoi said that Sonowal should come out with a 'white paper' as to what the previous BJP-led NDA government headed by former Atal Bihar Vajpayee and the present dispensation headed by Narendra Modi did for Assam during the total eight years rule. "The Modi-led government after its total failure to usher in 'acche din' has been trying to divert people's attention by spreading false propaganda against the Congress government in Assam. "Narendra Modi had promised that he would resolve major issues confronting Assam during his Lok Sabha campaign. But after becoming the Prime Minister, he has taken U-turns on issues like pushing back Bangladeshis, stopping rhino killings, lower Subansiri dam, granting ST status to six ethnic communities," he said. Gogoi asked Sonowal to explain that if Modi has so much of love, affection and concern for the people of the state, then why has his government deprived the state of the Special Category Status, put under suspension the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy, changed the funding pattern of centrally-sponsored schemes and slashing funds from the Ministry of DoNER against NLCPR and NEC. "Modi has promised once more that Assam would get every help from the Centre during BJP's rally in Guwahati while he had deprived the State of its legitimate dues thus putting a spanner in the wheels of development," he said.