The Congress on Friday sounded the poll bugle in Assam by commencing ‘Axom Basaon Ahok’ (Let’s Save Assam) from Bordowa Thaan, the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardeva, the 15the century saint whose social reforms symbolizes the syncretic culture of Assamese society.
Lok Sabha MP and Congress Campaign Committee Chairman, Pradyut Bordoloi began his Yatra after paying his respects at the from Bordowa Thaan.
All India Congress Committee General Secretary Jitendra Singh, In charge Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Ripun Bora, Congress Manifesto Committee Chairman Gaurav Gogoi, party’s Publicity Committee Chairman Rakibul Hussain and former minister Gautam Bora flagged off the Yatra.
“We will reach-out to every house hold through this yatra and appeal to every person to support Congress party to save Assam from being destroyed by the BJP and its cronies’. We will interact with diverse sections of the society to understand their issues and problems,” said Bordoloi while talking to reporters at Bordowa Thaan.
“The aim of this Yatra is to listen to every section of the society: poor, women, youth, unemployed and people from every walk of life. Many sections of the society are coming forward to share their issues and concerns with the Congress party through this Yatra,” said Jitendra Singh, the AICC General Secretary incharge for Assam.
“The BJP has failed on its 2016 promise to protect community, identity and honour of Assam. The Congress government under leadership of Tarun Gogoi had worked really hard to bring stability and peace in Assam. The BJP wants to push Assam into turbulence through their divisive agenda but we will not let it happen,” said APCC President Ripun Bora.
The problems being highlighted by people through this campaign will be used by party’s manifesto Committee headed by Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi. Addressing the gathering at launch of Yatra, Gogoi asserted that all round development, the hallmark of Tarun Gogoi's tenure, will be back in the State as Congress forms the next government.
“The people of Assam have been put to torture by the BJP government on economic, sociological and environment front. We will listen to everyone through this yatra and ensure every section of the society is taken along the path of peace and prosperity again,” said Gaurav Gogoi.
Congress Legislature party leader Debabrata Saikia also launched the second Yatra from the historic town of Sivasagar, the seat of power of the glorious Ahoms. In the battle to reclaim Assamese culture and identity from the clutches of the BJP, the Congress Legislature Party leader started his journey from the Piyoli Phukan memorial, the legendary and heroic fighter who fought against British rule. Speaking to media, Saikia said the people of Assam will give a befitting reply to the BJP’s sectarian and communal politics
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