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Positive atmosphere for BJP in Asom: Sushma

Written by: Staff
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Guwahati, Mar 26 (UNI) BJP leader Sushma Swaraj today exuded confidence that the 'positive atmosphere' for the party will soon translate into a 'positive wave' as campaign for the coming Asom polls gains momentum.

Addressing a press conference on the last day of her three-day tour of the state here, Ms Swaraj said, '' During my tour of the state, I have noticed a strong negative wave against the ruling Congress. On the other hand, a positive atmosphere is building up for the BJP and this will strengthen with more campaigning.'' The BJP national leader had addressed a number of rallies in different parts of the state and would again tour the state from March 31 for the second phase of polls to be held on April 10.

The first phase is slated for April 3.

Flaying the state government for failing on all counts, she demanded a performance record from the Congress.

''The Congress has been running the state for the past five years and is also leading the UPA government at the Centre. We want the Congress to state what it has done for Asom during its rule,'' she said.

On charges of the Congress that the BJP was communal and anti-Muslim, Ms Sushma Swaraj ster said her party was against Bangladeshi infiltrators and not against Assamese Muslims.

''We consider the Assamese Muslims to be our brothers.

We are against influx from Bangladesh for security concerns and economic well-being of our people here,'' she said.

She said the Assamese Muslims would face most problems if infiltration from Bangladesh was not checked immediately.

She pointed out that it was under the present state government that the ethnic tribes, who had lived in perfect harmony for ages had clashed in Karbi Anglong, which left more than 100 dead.

She also referred to Prahlad Gowala, a scribe, who was allegedly killed for exposing a corrupt forest department official.

She also criticised Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his government's 'intolerance of freedom of press'.

Ms Swaraj expressed satisfaction over the increase in a number of women candidates who have received the party ticket for the coming polls.

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