Assam Congress on Thursday delivered a backhanded compliments to the BJP government that has completed one month of its second term in the state.
The largest opposition in the Assam Assembly lauded the Himanta Biswa Sarma-run BJP alliance regime for its steps against drug peddling and cow smuggling taken in this one month while questioning what the previous Chief Minister Sarvanand Sonowal-led BJP-alliance regime did in its five years.
“In this one month of the BJP government, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma is seen trying very hard to build his image as being strict on issues of drug peddling and cow smuggling which is no doubt praiseworthy,” said Bobbeeta Sharma, chairperson of the media department of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee.
She, however, questioned, “What was the BJP government doing in its first term? Why did the government not crack the whip on drug peddlers and cow smugglers like they are doing now?”
She said the BJP government in Assam is technically five years and one month old and that only the captain of the government has changed from Sonowal to Sarma.
Sarma had on Thursday, spoken about the various steps taken and the way forward after completion of a month of taking charge. The BJP Led alliance of Asom Gana Parishad and United People’s Party-Liberal (UPPL), came out victorious with 75 out of 126 seats in the 15th Assembly elections the results of which were declared on May 2 and formed the first non-Congress government for the second consecutive term on May 10.
Bobbeeta Sharma, however, minced no words talking about the development agendas. She said Assam has been ranked among the worst performing states in Niti Ayog‘s Sustainable Development Goals Index which is a glaring predicament of “BJP government’s poor performance in Assam.”
“In Good Health and Gender Equality, Assam’s score is 28th and we are all aware that the present CM was also the health minister of Assam. He was also the longest serving education minister and today, Assam is at the bottom in education as per a central government report published by the Union education minister. But the CM has not uttered a single word on the Niti Ayog report nor on the education report,” Sharma said.