K.V. Prasad and W. Chandrakanth

Where is the meeting ground between CPI (M) and AGP or BJP?

Insurgency under control State witnesses all-round growth "Sangma not a force here"

K.V. Prasad and

W. Chandrakanth

Hyderabad: Assamese will have to choose between the performance of the Congress Government and the non-performance of the erstwhile Asom Gana Parishad regime in the Assembly elections later this year, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Saturday.

He brushed aside the suggestion that the anti-incumbency factor might work against the Congress. "It is bound to be there, no doubt. But people still have to make a choice between the beneficial rule of ours and the misrule of the AGP." There was no sense of insecurity among the people and investments were on the rise, he told The Hindu .

The operation of nine flights from Kolkata to Guwahati and five from New Delhi was indicative of the turnaround.

The real estate also was booming. "Unless people have confidence in the Government, they won't invest in land. It indicates that insurgency and related problems are fully under control. There is all-round growth," said Mr. Gogoi, who is here to attend the Congress plenary.

"This Government is not in place because of minority votes. We have come back to power with the support of the majority. The minority voter looks to us for support anyway."

Wooing students

The welfare measures adopted by the Government and the systematic wooing of students would not go waste, Mr. Gogoi said.

"I am invited to many meetings by colleges. Was it the case earlier? We have given Rs.10 lakh each to 90 colleges for developing infrastructure and the higher secondary schools were given Rs. 5 lakh each. In all, 639 schools were given 10 computers each among other things."