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BJP will win Assam election: Amit Shah

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Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday expressed confidence that the saffron party with the help of its allies will form the next government in Assam. He also spoke about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ensuring the political and cultural welfare of Assam’s local communities. Shah is in Assam as part of a two-day visit to the region.

Notably, Shah’s poll forecast at Korkajhar comes on the heels of the BJP winning the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in December—a victory that was achieved in alliance with United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL). Amit Shah said that a year had passed since the Bodoland Accord was signed and now, after peaceful elections, the region will prosper.

What did Amit Shah say in Assam?

In a bid to develop a road network in the Bodo region, a sum of Rs 500 crore has been sanctioned, the BJP leader announced.

“Now Bodoland will start walking on the path of development. Once this region witnessed a blood bath. Now it will see maximum development,” he said expressing immense satisfaction at the rally he was addressing in Kokrajhar.

“A year ago, when the BTR accord was signed, Modi ji told me to hold talks and solve the problem of insurgency. Now, for the first time, we have seen Bodos and non-Bodos together. This is the answer to those who had divided Bodos and non-Bodos.”

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He assured those gathered that, in a few years, Bodoland would be the most developed area in Assam.

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The Union minister, meanwhile, said the promises made in the Bodoland Accord were part of PM Modi’s larger vision for peace and development of the northeast. It was signed on January 27 last year by the Centre, the Assam government, all four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, and the then BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary.

“The BJP and the UPPL coming together and winning an election is a trailer Assam polls,” he said. The 2021 Assam assembly polls are only six months away, with the BJP looking to win at least 100 of the 126 seats in the state. The choice of the 21 lakh-odd multi-ethnic voters of BTR was viewed as a test case before this year’s polls.

Leaders avoid CAA

Amit Shah spoke a day after PM Modi himself visited Assam’s Sivasagar district to attend a ceremony where he handed over more than one lakh land titles to members of the state’s indigenous communities. Like the Prime Minister, Shah, too, refrained from saying anything about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

Passed the parliament in December 2019, CAA set a cut-off date of December 2014 to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities from India’s neighbourhood. The new law resulted in a huge uproar in Assam, a state that has for years borne the brunt of illegal immigration.

Even as Amit Shah spoke today, activists of the All Assam Students’ Union burnt copies of CAA as part of its protests across the state against Shah and PM Modi’s visit to the state.

 

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