Wave for change in Assam: Arun Jaitley

Jaitley said BJP, which is fighting all the 126 seats in the assembly, is confident of winning more seats this time and would determine the political agenda.

Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 00:20 AM IST

Guwahati: A wave for change is sweeping
Assam and would help BJP improve its presence in the state in
the upcoming assembly elections, senior BJP leader Arun
Jaitley claimed on Monday.

"There is a wave for change in Assam, there is an
anti-incumbency feeling among the people. The polls are being
held under a special situation with Congress in power both in
the state and at the Centre. This time there is double
anti-incumbency feelings against the state and the central
governments."

"Their (Congress) popularity is decreasing. Congress
has no answer to its double anti-incumbency. Their numbers
will be less this time than in the last elections", Jaitley
told the media in Guwahati.

He said BJP, which is fighting all the 126 seats in the
assembly, is confident of winning more seats this time and
would determine the political agenda.

"We (BJP) will try to form the government," he said
adding that the ruling Congress came to power under Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi after forming a coalition with others.

"Congress has two options now ... either spend for the
benefit of the people the money it has gathered for the polls
or stop using illegal infiltrators as its vote bank," Jaitley
said.

Accusing Congress of encouraging infiltration "only to
increase its vote bank," he said, "This has put the country`s
security at risk, increased its economic burden and changed
its demographic pattern."

PTI