Vote plays an imperative role in democracy as it is defined as a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them. But the way Indian politicians stoop in hours of need and pamper people shames the witnesses even. Latest to join this bandwagon is Tarun Gogoi, reigning Chief Minister of the Indian state of
and what makes this article jest
at him is his sudden concern for Bengali Hindus in his state. This is not the
first time when the presence of Bengali Hindus is found there; these people,
victims of Hindu persecution in Bangladesh, have been entering the state steadily
ever since 1971 and have suffered in all possible manners due to the apathetic
state and central administration. None have thought of them and now when the
parliamentary election is round the corner these unfortunate people have become
greatest cause of concern. Assam
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi seeks refugee tag for
Hindus from Bangladesh
Traditionally, Bengali Hindus in
are believed to be BJP supporter. However, in the 2011
assembly polls, there was a distinct shift towards Congress. For the first time
in Barak valley, Congress won 13
out of 15 assembly constituencies. This was seen as the result of Gogoi's
support for the cause of immigrants who had arrived in Assam due to
persecution. He had said that they should be given refugee status on
humanitarian grounds. India
Gogoi said that his proposal will in no way violate the provisions of
accord. Under Assam
accord, March 25, 1971, is the cutoff date for treating someone as a foreigner.
Congress in Assam
is confident of winning more seats in the Lok Sabha polls than last time. It
had won seven seats out of 14 in Assam in 2009. Assam
Taunting BJP's presumptive prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Gogoi alleged that he was a capitalist. "Big companies were given concessions in
Gujarat. That is why he is
their darling. Ambanis and Tatas are backing Modi. Even businessmen of Fancy
Bazar (business hub of Guwahati city) are backing BJP."
Tarun Gogoi has said he personally favors Rahul Gandhi as Congress' PM candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, echoing PM Manmohan Singh's statement that the party VP will be an 'ideal choice' for the top post.
"Manmohan Singh himself does not want to be the Prime Minister next time...I support Rahul Gandhi to become the Prime Minister. I am saying it openly and formally," Gogoi said.
On whether the 2014 election will be a fight between Rahul and Narendra Modi, he said, "Fight is not between individuals, it will be between Congress and BJP. The fight will take place between the leaderships."