I am not fighting Gogoi but poverty and corruption: PM

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March 26: Wooing voters in Assam with a promise of “fast, all-round development”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his fight was not against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi but against “poverty, corruption and destruction” of the state under Congress rule.
“I have three agendas. Development, fast development and all round development,” he said at an election rally here as he hit the campaign trail and claimed his government had allocated many times more funds for state’s infrastructure than the previous governments.
The PM also took a swipe at 79-year-old Gogoi who had called the Assembly election as a direct fight between him and Modi, saying he can only pay his respects to the elderly leader. He heaped praise on BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, describing him as one of his best ministers.
“The leader of Congress who will turn 90 in a few years says his fight is with Modi. Respected Chief Minister, you are an elder and I am young. I pay my respects to you. In our culture, the young do not fight their elders and the elders give their blessings to them.
“My fight is not against Gogoi but against poverty, corruption and destruction of Assam. I am not fighting against any individual,” he said.
The PM said if Sonowal becomes the Chief Minister, it will be his government’s and his personal loss because Sonowal is one of his best ministers and “a bright, capable and simple person”.
“There is only one ‘anand’ (joy) in Assam, it is Sarbananda,” he said

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