BJP targets 12 of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam for 2024 elections: Himanta Biswa Sarma

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Guwahati: The BJP has set a target of winning 12 out of 14 seats in Assam in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

Addressing a meeting of party workers here, Sarma said the BJP would start working from now on to make Narendra Modi India’s prime minister for the third consecutive time.

“Assam has 14 seats in Lok Sabha and we won nine last time. This time we will have to win at least 12 seats,” he said in the presence of BJP Chairman JP Nadda and Minister of Interior Union Amit Shah.

“We will not stop until the Lok Sabha elections. We want to see Narendra Modi Prime Minister for the third time,” he added.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, three seats were won by the Congress, one by the AIUDF and one by an independent.

Referring to the recent banning of the People’s Front of India (PFI), he said the government has decided to eradicate the grassroots groups from the soil of Assam for good.

He announced that an “ambitious scheme” worth Rs 5,000 crore will be rolled out over the next year to generate self-employment opportunities for two lakh youths in the state.

“We gave appointments to 38,983 young people on the jobs promised by the government. We will achieve the goal in the next six to seven months,” he said.

Sarma told BJP workers that an additional 7,000 families in each constituency will be added to its flagship “Orunodoi” scheme, under which the state government provides monthly cash assistance of Rs 1,000 which will be increased to Rs 1,250. rupees from this month.

Speaking at the ceremony, Union Shipping, Ports and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said peace had returned to Assam after the BJP came to power in the Center as well as in the State.

“Years of Congressional mismanagement had darkened Assam, and the North East was India’s most backward region. Assam and the North East have made progress thanks to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.

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