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Big turnout in phase 1 points to people’s faith in Govt: BJP
Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - Expressing gratitude to the people of Assam for the big turnout in the first phase of the panchayat polls yesterday, the ruling BJP today said that the State electorate have reposed faith in the developmental activities of the Central and State governments led by the party.

Addressing a press conference here, State BJP spokesperson Rupam Goswami said development of the panchayat system and curbing corruption are the main issues in this election.

“The high turnout in phase one is a fallout of the growth-oriented developmental schemes of the State government under the leadership of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and the positive spirit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan ‘Sabka saath sabka vikas’,” he said.

Goswami said that the stress laid on various developmental projects and strengthening of infrastructural growth has resulted in improvement in the percentage of voting turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls.

The ruling party also lambasted the opposition Congress. “State Congress president Ripun Bora’s allegation of misconduct in the election process is absurd and unacceptable. He should be aware of the fact that the process of election is independently conducted by the State Election Commission. The people of Assam are familiar with the 15 years of misrule and corruption that happened under the previous Congress government,” Goswami said.

The BJP also came down heavily on its coalition partner AGP. “The present government has conducted the panchayat election after two-and-a-half years of coming to power for the development and improvement through the panchayats, but the AGP, during its rule, never conducted a single panchayat election. It is extremely uncalled for that the AGP is trying to have a secret understanding with the AIUDF and Congress. The AGP had come to power by mesmerising the people with tall promises which they later failed to fulfil,” Goswami.

He further stated that the Congress and AIUDF are the two sides of the same coin. “AIUDF works as the B-team of the Congress. The AGP seems to have extended its support to this alliance which is detrimental to the people and the State. By keeping individual interest as priority, the AGP has distanced itself from the people of Assam,” Goswami said.

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