Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launches 5 Guarantee campaign for Congress

Congress assures to nullify CAA if voted back to power: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Guwahati: At a mega rally of the Congress party here on Tuesday, party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched the ‘5 Guarantee’ campaign for the 2021 Assam assembly elections.

The party is undertaking five “Guarantees” for the election. These are: (1) a law that nullifies the CAA; (2) 5 lakh government jobs; (3) raising tea workers’ wages to ₹ 365; (4) free electricity up to 200 units per household; and (5) ₹ 2,000 monthly income support to all housewives.

“This election is an election of trust. The people of Assam were cheated by a party five years ago that promised them 25 lakh jobs but gave them CAA instead. The Congress party is not making empty promises but undertaking 5 guarantees,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said.

Explaining the rationale of the 5 guarantees, APCC Chief, Ripun Bora said the party had identified the top issues facing the people through the ‘AsomBasaonAhok’ Yatra and was now presenting its solutions to the public.

Pradyut Bordoloi, the party’s Campaign Committee Chief, explained the first guarantee, a law in the Assam assembly that would nullify CAA. “After the Congress wins the election on 2 May, we will pass a law in the Assam assembly that won’t allow the CAA to be implemented in Assam. We have already asked lawyers to start drafting such a law,” he said.

Explaining the promise of 5 lakh government jobs, MP (LS) and Manifesto Committee Chairperson Gaurav Gogoi said the party was promising only 5 lakh government jobs as opposed to the BJP’s unkept promise of 25 lakh government jobs. “We have studied the state budget and consulted economists and have come to the conclusion that the best possible is 5 lakh jobs in 5 years. Since this is a guarantee and not an empty election promise, we wanted to be honest and come up with a figure that is actually possible,” he said. He further said the incoming Congress government would also create 25 lakh private sector jobs by introducing reservations for Assamese people in private sector jobs created in Assam as well as in contracts given to private companies by the Assam government.

Debabrata Saikia, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, affirmed that the tea workers’ wages shall be increased to ₹ 365 per day within 30 days of the Congress coming to power. He said this was a guarantee already undertaken by Rahul Gandhi. “We have studied the state of the tea business and we think that if tea workers in Kerala can get ₹ 380 a day, then hard working tea workers of Assam can also get at least ₹ 365. The tea planters can easily manage this and we will make it happen within 30 days,” he said.

Publicity Committee Chairman, Rakibul Hussain stated, that the Congress is undertaking a guarantee of making electricity upto 200, units free for households as a measure of cushioning Assam’s people against price rise. “200 units free electricity would mean a discount of around ₹ 1,400 on your electricity bill. For most people in Assam this would make their electricity bill zero. We think such support is important because price of everything is going up, from vegetables to diesel,” he said.

Sushmita Dev, the party leader from the Barak Valley, undertook the fifth guarantee of ₹ 2,000 to housewives. “Society doesn’t recognise the work women do as ‘work’. Women toil all day in the kitchen, keeping the house clean, raising children. We hope the monthly support of ₹ 2,000 will help them manage the house better and also spend on themselves at a time of high inflation,” she explained.

Congress General Secretary in-charge of Assam, Jitendra Singh said, that the Congress hand has 5 fingers and each one stood for a guarantee. “There is a rising Congress wave in this election. That is why so many parties have joined the Congress-led Mahajot. The Bodoland People’s Front, known as the kingmakers of Assam politics, have also joined us because they can see who’s winning,” Jitendra Singh said.

The party’s campaign over the next one month shall focus on making every voter aware of the 5 Guarantees and explaining the feasibility of the same.

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The rallies are planned in such a way that all the 23 districts of West Bengal and 33 districts of Assam will be covered in these rallies.

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Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address 20 rallies in poll-bound West Bengal and six rallies in Assam, after the announcement of election dates by ECI.

Reportedly, the rallies are planned in such a way that all the 23 districts of West Bengal and 33 districts of Assam will be covered in these rallies.

Modi will likely address a public meeting on March 7 at Brigade ground at Kolkata.

The core committee of BJP’s West Bengal unit will hold a meeting at the party headquarter on Wednesday in presence of Union home minister Amit Shah and party chief JP Nadda

The assembly elections in west Bengal will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. Counting of votes will take place on April 6.

In Assam, the assembly elections shall be held in three phases beginning from March 27 with the final round taking place on April 29. Counting of votes will take place on May 2.

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AJP Chief Lurinjyoti meets Raijor Dol chief Akhil Gogoi at GMCH

Lurinjyoti confirmed alliance with Akhil Gogoi-led Raijor Dol, says “Our alliance with Raijor Dol is final”

Raijor Dol chief Akhil Gogoi had an official closed-door meeting with the AJP chief Lurinjyoti Gogoi at the GMCH premises on Thursday.

Raijor Dol chief Akhil Gogoi, who is undergoing treatment at the GMCH, called on the AJP leadership to unite for the defeat of the BJP in the state. "All regional forces need to unite. No alliance with any communal-nationalist party," Gogoi reportedly said.

Speaking to the media, Lurinjyoti Gogoi confirmed that the alliance with the newly formed Raijor Dol is final and the final declaration of the same will be notified through a press conference.

As per sources, the closed-door meeting between both the parties held for about two hours at GMCH cabinet No. 26.

The leadership of both the parties discussed in detail the direction of seat-sharing in the upcoming assembly elections, sources informed.

There is no alternative to united-nationalism. Nationalist votes should not be divided; Assam should establish its rights. "It is a struggle for that," Lurinjyoti said. "Akhil Gogoi is being held captive with a non-democratic fascist mentality,” he added.

Lurinjyoti Gogoi further informed that the AJP is in talks with the BPF to form an alliance to defeat the BJP.

Lurinjyoti was accompanied by AJP General Secretary Jagadish Bhuyan during the meeting.

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Popular singer and artiste Kalpana Patowary joins AGP

More Than 150 New Faces Have Also Joined AGP From Different Organisations

Guwahati: Popular singer and artiste Kalpana Patowary officially joins Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today afternoon.

Informing about her joining, Asom Gana Parishad, President Atul Bora took to Twitter saying, “@BhojpuriQUEEN's voice has given life to our folk tunes across the globe. Her joining has enthused us all and I extend my best wishes for her journey ahead.”

Notably, more than 150 new faces have also joined AGP from different organisations.

Bora further tweets, “@agpofficial_  will always champion the cause of Assam, with utmost dedication to its multicultural, multi-ethnic, multilingual milieu.”

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2021 polls: AASU-AJYCP all set to take on BJP; floats new outfit 'Assam Jatiya Parishad'

Guwahati: AASU-AJYCP on Monday finally launched their political front namely ‘Assam Jatiya Parishad’ ahead of the 2021 assembly polls in the state.

The name was announced by the conveners of the 16-member- Assam Advisory Committee convenors Krishna Gopal Bhattacharya and Basanta Deka in Guwahati.

Addressing a press meet in Guwahati, Basanta Deka informed that the organizational work at the 25 districts in the state is already on the move and will complete by October 30, 2020.

With the slogan “Ghorey Ghorey Aami” (We will be in every household), the new party aims to overthrow the current BJP-led coalition government in the state.

Former AASU leader Chittaranjan Basumatary has been made in-charge of Jonbai, and Dhemaji.

Raju Phukan has been made in-charge of Golaghat, Jorhat and Bokakhat.

Former state minister Jagadish Bhuyan has been made the coordinator of the party.

The induction of members into the party will begin from Tuesday onwards.

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