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Sonia hails Congress' rule in Assam


May 26, 2012 - Guwahati

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday has hailed the performance of the Assam government and its Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi.

Gandhi, on a daylong visit to mark the first anniversary celebration of the third consecutive term of the Congress government in the state, met the state's party leadership and addressed a public meeting here.

Gandhi said that when Gogoi assumed power, Assam was in shambles, and credited the incumbent government for the turnaround.

"Eleven years back, when Tarun Gogoi formed the government, the state treasury was empty, there was not enough money to pay the salaries of government employees, development work was halted, there were no schemes, roads were broken, and power cuts were a normal thing. Also, people were scared to step out of their houses after sunset," she said.

Gandhi added that militancy in the state had come down and that whatever groups were involved in violent activities would soon give up violence.

" The government is making efforts to ensure that peace is maintained in the state. I am confident that the groups which are still involved in militant activities will also give up violence soon," Gandhi said.

Further, she added that the state had taken major steps to improve education facilities in the province.

"Assam is the first state in the country which has given a computer to every student in high schools. There are many institutes for higher studies that have opened of late. These ensure that young men and women will lead a successful life and have a bright future," she said.

Earlier, in view of United Liberation Front of Asom's (ULFA) call for a 12-hour shutdown in the city to oppose Gandhi's visit, the police had stepped up security arrangements across the city.

ANI

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