GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in Assam with a two-day agenda mocked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as an elderly man with whom he does not have to compete.
"I am much younger to him and I do not have a fight with him. I have fight against poverty and corruption." Modi said that while addressing a rally in Tinsukia district.
"Assam's leader will be 90 years old in a few days. He says he's fighting with Modi. I have respect for you Chief Minister ji. You are old," Modi said.
The Prime Minister further added that he has come to the state only with development agenda.
"I have three agendas for Assam: Development, Fast-paced development and development all around," PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister also tried to strike a bond among the people of the state by saying that as he used to sell tea, Assam has a special place in his heart by being a tea producing state.
Recalling his days as a tea-seller, Mr Modi said he shares a special bond with the people of Assam, a large tea-producing state. "It was your tea I sold to people and spent my childhood," he said.
The Prime Minister will be addressing five rallies on the same day. Mr. Modi, however, made no mention of the contentious issue of infiltration, a major poll plank of the BJP-led NDA, and chose to stick to his development theme and lack of progress in Assam.
He said the state was among the five most prosperous states after Independence but is among the five least developed states now and blamed Congress governments for this.
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