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Tribal people rejected AGP, BJP: Gogoi
Published on 14 Jun. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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The main Opposition parties in Assam have lost support of the tribal people of the state, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi claimed today.
‘’Tribal people of Assam have rejected the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP,’’ Gogoi said at a press conference here.
He pointed to the drubbing the Opposition parties received in the recently held elections for three tribal autonomous councils.
The ruling Congress had won absolute majority in all the three councils, with the AGP and BJP managing one seat each.
The Independents had won 17 seats, as reported by UNI.
‘’The poll results show that the Independents posed challenge to the Congress rather than the bigger Opposition parties,’’ the chief minister said.
He said the people’s support for the Congress was due to the development the state has seen during the nine years of Congress rule.
Gogoi informed that the GSDP rose to 6.16 in 2008-09 against 2.8 during the last year of AGP’s tenure. “People have realised that the AGP is anti-development and hence, they have repeatedly rejected AGP in successive elections in the last nine years,’’ the chief minister added.
Economy sound: Gogoi
Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi today claimed that the state’s economy was sound and his government was ready to submit a white paper on it as demanded by the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).
“The government has nothing to hide and was prepared to present a white paper on the economic condition of the state which was sound in the next assembly session”, Gogoi told reporters here.
Gogoi was replying to allegations made recently by AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary that the state’s economy had worsened during the Congress regime.
“We had dared the opposition (AGP) to bring up the matter for discussion in the assembly. But as they did not, the government till table a resolution to discuss the financial status of the state in the next session,” he said. Rubbishing the charges made by Patowary, the chief minister said the state’s per capita income was on the rise and its growth rate was the best among the NE states. Commenting on the recent success of the ruling Congress in the three autonomous councils for the tribals, Deuri, Tiwa and Thangal Kachari communities, Gogoi this had shown that the people had rejected the AGP-BJP combine.

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