Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying ‘achche din’ (good days) have come only for the prime minister and not for the common people.
“The prime minister wore a suit worth Rs.10 lakh. So ‘achche din’ have come for him, but not for the people. I have not even seen a suit worth Rs.10 lakh,” Gogoi said in an interaction with media persons.
Gogoi criticised the frequent visits by central ministers to Assam and the northeast, saying it was a ploy to impress the people of the state ahead of the state assembly elections next year.
“We are happy that so many ministers are coming to Assam and other parts of the region now. This will continue till next year’s elections and after the elections, it will stop,” he said.
Launching a personal attack against the prime minister on his dressing style, Gogoi said: “The sales of the Modi jacket have gone down now. Earlier it was in fashion. Even I have worn one. People have now come to know that the quality of the Modi jacket is not good and that is why the same has decreased now.”
Gogoi claimed that the Congress will come to power again in Assam in next year’s assembly elections.
“The people of Assam have seen the BJP government at the Centre in the last one year. They made so many promises before the Lok Sabha elections. However, they have now made U-turns on most of them,” Gogoi said.
“The BJP has cheated the people of Assam and so it cannot come to power in Assam,” he said.
On the Congress party’s alliance with other parties, the chief minister said: “We have decided to go alone in next year’s polls. There are problems of accommodation in a coalition government. So, there will not be any alliance next year.”
Gogoi also accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of reducing the centrally-sponsored schemes from 142 to 66, and of further moves to cut programmes launched by the earlier governments.