Bengaluru, Feb 6: Assam is already in the grip of election fever. The dates for the upcoming Assam Assembly election 2016 are yet to be announced, but this has not deterred both Congress and BJP leaders from starting preparations for the upcoming polls.
In recent times, we have seen Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeated visits to the state. After his January 20 visit to Assam, the Prime Minister within a gap of few days again toured the state on February 5 (Friday). His day-long visit was pretty hectic, as he attended several events. However, in spite of a busy schedule, Modi did not forget to target his rivals.
The Prime Minister attacked the Gandhi family and accused Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul of disrupting the Parliament.
"Those who have lost the election (in 2014) and have come down from 400 to 40 have decided not to allow Modi to work. They have decided to create obstacles and difficulties. The conspiracy for the same is going on," he said, addressing tea garden workers in Assam.
"They have now decided to take revenge from people, from the poor workers for voting the Congress out of power," Modi added.
Modi's attack on Congress came against the backdrop of washout of the last two sessions of Parliament.
"There are many leaders and parties even in the Opposition who oppose Modi, the BJP and the government but they want Parliament to run and carry out is business. But one family is so rigid that they do not allow the Rajya Sabha to function and let the nation's agenda of development to be taken forward because people of the country have defeated them," Modi said.
Although he did not name the "family", but it was obvious he meant the Sonia Gandhi family.
Immediately after Modi's attack on the Gandhi family, Rahul asked the Prime Minister to stop making "excuses".
"Job of the Prime Minister is to run government, job of the Prime Minister is not to make excuses. All the Prime Minister has been doing for the last 18 months is to make excuses as to why the economy is not running, why the farmers are not getting their due, why the labourers are not getting what they should get," said Rahul.
"India did not choose Narendra Modi to make excuses. India chose a leader and the leader should not make excuses, the leader should do the job that he has been elected to do," Rahul added.
The exchange of words between Modi and Rahul has come just few days ahead of the budget session of Parliament, scheduled to start from February 23. The last two sessions of Parliament were a washout because of which key economic reform measures, including GST, have been pending.
In the coming days, we are sure to witness more Modi and Rahul diatribes.