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    BJP always gave recognition to Assam: JP Nadda

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    “BJP played an important role in making Assam Agitation (1979-1985) nationwide. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took up the issue both within and outside Parliament,” said Nadda.

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    Guwahati: BJP national president JP Nadda said the party is committed to protect the language, culture and identity of Assam and asserted that it will come back to power in the state.

    Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also said all Bengali Hindus living in Assam will be provided security and they have nothing to worry. While addressing BJP’s victory pledge rally in the Bengali-speaking dominated Silchar, Nadda on Monday said, “BJP is committed to protect the language, culture and identity of Assam. We have been doing this and will continue. BJP always gave importance to language, culture and the existence of Assam.”

    The state is expected to go to assembly polls in April.

    “BJP played an important role in making Assam Agitation (1979-1985) nationwide. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took up the issue both within and outside Parliament,” said Nadda.

    Nadda said the BJP-led government always gave recognition to Assam. “It was during BJP’s regime that Gopinath Bordoloi and Bhupen Hazarika were given Bharat Ratna. Six communities, including Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Maran, Matak and Adivasi, have been accorded the Schedule Tribes status and this will not disturb the existing benefits of other STs,” said Nadda.

    Asserting that Assam has seen sea change in the last five years of BJP rule, Nadda said that peace has prevailed in Assam as the state government signed the accord with Bodo militant outfits.

    “We have done a land swap deal with Bangladesh. Smart fence is erected on the Indo-Bangladesh border to check infiltration. During Congress rule, projects never got completed, whereas costs continued to escalate. During UPA days, Assam got ₹50,000 crore while the NDA government gave ₹3 lakh crore. Common people are having a smooth living in Assam,” he said.
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