February 6, 2020
Taking a dig at the Congress party for failing to sign the Bodoland peace accord, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP leader said that despite being in power for more than fifty years, Congress failed to do anything significant and is frustrated with saffron party’s success.
Sarbananda Sonowal’s comment came days after the Centre signed an accord with insurgent groups of Assam, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB). The peace accord aims to provide a political and economic bonanza to the insurgent group.
“Congress was in power for more than fifty-five years, but they failed to do anything significant. Whatever the party says is out of frustration. The state was ruled by many governments in the last fifty years but nobody dared to take the step. Only Modiji dared to take the crucial step. This is a historic moment.” Sonowal told India Today TV.
The Bodo organisations have aggressively fought for a separate state called Bodoland, to be carved out of Assam, considered as a homeland of the community.
The chief minister further said that the peace accord has united all the organisations.
“This peace accord has actually helped to unite all the organisations. This was not an easy task,” said Sonowal.
On asking whether the BJP will come to power in the state again in the upcoming Assam assembly polls in 2021, Sonowal said, “In 2021, the BJP will be re-elected to power. We are ready!”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Assam on February 7.