Congress just like elephant, it has one teeth to show off, other to chew: Nadda
Tingkhong (Assam): BJP national president J P Nadda on Monday mocked the Congress, comparing it with an elephant having two sets of teeth - "one to show off and another to chew". Addressing an election rally at Tingkhong in Dibrugarh district, Nadda also accused the Congress of practising "politics of opportunism" and said Assam will head into "darkness" if the opposition party is voted to power.
"The Congress' only aim is politics of opportunism. They are with the Muslim League and fighting against the CPI(M) in Kerala, but joined hands with it in West Bengal and Assam...," Nadda said.
"Like a tusker, the Congress has two sets of teeth –one to show off and another to chew. It says something and always does the opposite... It is dividing the society," the senior BJP leader said.
In an apparent reference to Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, who is also campaigning in the state, Nadda said the social-media handle of the opposition party shared pictures from Taiwan and Sri Lanka when "one leader" of the party visited tea gardens of Assam.
"She plucked tea leaves then. But as far as I know, tea leaves are plucked only after April. Then, why was this photo shoot? The Congress is cheating people," he said.
The Congress had recently assured tea garden workers that it will hike their daily wages to Rs 365 from the existing Rs 117 "within six hours of forming the government".
Repeatedly attacking the Congress, Nadda said the opposition party "means darkness", while the BJP stands for development. "If you need darkness, then go with the Congress. But if you need development, hold the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," Nadda said at the rally.
The Congress has neglected Assam and the northeast since Independence, and did nothing to develop the region, he alleged. "Because of Congress' double standard, the wheels of development had totally stopped. It attacked the civilisation of Assam, sidelining the state's culture. But, BJP brought development and protected Assam's culture and language," Nadda said.
The opposition party never gave any importance to the safety of Assamese people, including not solving the Bodo problems for 50 years, he claimed. "For a long time, our borders were open and anyone could come freely. It was a challenge to our security... The Congress does not have any intention, policy and agenda. It is only for grabbing power," he said.
Attacking the Congress-AIUDF alliance, Nadda said former chief minister Tarun Gogoi never allied with the Badruddin Ajmal-led party, but his son has now embraced the AIUDF.