Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Apr.4: The BJP wants to take India to the 18th century, while the Congress wants to take it to the 21st, said noted film star Asrani, taking a potshot at the former’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday.
“Thodi bahumat de de baba, ek baar pradhan mantri banade baba. Kya bhik maang rahe ho? Desh ke liye kya kiye ho? Yatra karte rahoge to kaam kaab karoge?” Asrnai wondered at a road rally here at Nirjuli.
“Congress ek aisa party hai jiska dono haath aam admi ke saath hai. Because Jawaharlal Nehru se Sonia tak, everyone toured each village as they knew India lives in its villages. Congress is the mother of all parties. Those who have gone away from their mother have lost track. Rahul Gandhi is a global face who works for ten crore youth and supports 50 percent reservation in Parliament and the assemblies. He says India is a bouquet, while the BJP only knows how to instigate to disintegrate. He (Modi) would suck your blood if he comes to power,” Asrani cautioned.
“Kuchh idhar jao, kuchh udhar jao, baaki sab khai mat jao, sab Congress ke pichhe ao, ha haa …nahi to pitoge (Few go that side, few this side and the rest come to Congress or else you would suffer),” he thundered, enacting his angrez ke zamaney ke jailer hain-style (Sholay) to the thunderous applause of the huge gathering.
“Nowhere in the world an artist like me has been honoured the way Arunachal has done today,” he said as the crowd cheered again.
Arunachal is the biggest example in the country with the victory of 11 Congress candidates and the credit goes to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, he said before addressing the impatient crowd.
Terming Tuki as the nation’s number one chief minister, and Western parliamentary candidate Takam Sanjoy as the number one Member of Parliament (MP) from northeast India, AICC general secretary and state in-charge Luizinho Falerio conveyed the gratitude of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to the people for getting 11 MLA candidates uncontested, a historical feat in the whole country.
The so-called Gujarat model cannot be compared to the Arunachal model evolved by Chief Minister Tuki in a state where the people live in harmony as one family despite cultural diversity, he said.
“The Gujarat model, laced with Godhra stink, is a model of hatred that has taken 2,000 lives, while the Congress model has given 83 flagship programmes, and 14,000 crore people living below the poverty line have been brought under the food security. The Arunachal model took the Congress flag to every nook and corner, initiated youth development and devolution of power to panchayat and municipality, to name a few, with a single agenda – ‘Power to people’,” he reasoned.
The sun kisses Arunachal first in the country which has showered blessing first to the party before the elections.
“We are thankful and grateful to you Arunachal and Arunachalees, who are inseparable from the Nehru-Gandhi family which is a historical bond,” he pointed out.
Sanjoy has been a very active and vocal member in the Lok Sabha, who has a vision, mission and raised the state and region’s issues in the Parliament with commitment which made him successful while capital development is the testimony of candidate Techi Kaso, he said adding the development vehicle rests in the hands of the people before assuring Congress’ continued support to the state.
The Itanagar model is ready, which would change the face of the Capital Complex with development with modern technology within five years to be executed by the municipality under the guidance of local MLA whose performance has been very satisfactory, Tuki said, assuring safety and security to all sections, including the NERIST family.
The bandh culture has ended with only two bandhs in two years. Any one troubling the traders, common masses and women would not be tolerated.
The employees are main organ of the GoAP who have been assured of the 7th pay commission implementation, the labour wages have already been hiked with effect from April 1, women would be given more trading licences while 10 lakh people would be covered under the CM’s Swastha Bima Yojana and councillor Tarh Nachung’s proposal for Nirjuli development would be executed soon, the CM assured.
“Have faith and elect Congress to power,” Tuki pleaded.
Sanjoy assailed Modi for his jibe at Tuki, saying that under Tuki, 11 Congress MLAs won uncontested which Modi could not achieve in Gujarat.
He termed as motivated propaganda that he was a “gunda, anti-Galo, anti-Monpa and anti-Tagin. He also rubbished accusations of having embezzled stipends of students and the salaries of gaon burah.
Without naming his detractors, Sanjoy said that his rival is resorting to untruths, while he believed in honesty for the sake of the public.
Besides a lawmaker “I have been pursing all state schemes which I shall continue to do so once re-elected,” he promised.
“I made all possible endeavours to develop Capital Complex. The road development was taken up and tenders of projects for massive road reconstructions have been approved for execution. My rival has been propagating that I tried to buy him which was a blatant lie,” he said before appealing: “Re-elect me again, and I assure that I will be at your beck and call all the time,” the sitting Arunachal MP said.
Earlier, chief councillor Higio Aruni highlighted the devolution of power to municipality where of the 30 councillors 21 were Congress and with recent joining of five more, the number has risen to 26.
She exhorted the gathering to ensure victory of Kaso and Sanjoy for continuing the speedy development. By Pradeep Kumar (ANI)