Guwahati: Assam`s ruling Congress will bank on the twin plank of `development and peace` to win the upcoming assembly elections for the third consecutive term, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Wednesday.
"We have not based our optimism on mere rhetoric and are confident of winning the elections for the third straight term as we were able to bring in a surge of development and ensure peace in Assam during the past nine-and-a-half years of Congress rule," Gogoi told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
"I would say the opposition, more particularly the AGP and the BJP, have acquired doctorate degrees in spreading canards and indulging in false propaganda against our government," the 76-year-old chief minister, back after a triple-heart surgery, said.
About growth in the health, education, agriculture and infrastructure sectors, Gogoi said Assam had witnessed visible development during the Congress regime.
"During the AGP rule from 1985 to 1989 and 1996 to 2001, state government employees hardly got their salaries on time while all government recruitments were stopped. And the biggest achievement has been improvement on the law and order front," he said.
"Almost all the militant groups are in peace mode with the overall situation improving manifold. Peace now is the catchword, coupled with issues relating to development as well," Gogoi said.
Elections to the 126-member Assam Assembly is scheduled in the May.