GUWAHATI: Chhattisgarh chief minister and Congress observer for the assembly election in Assam, Bhupesh Baghel, who is campaigning in the state, said on Wednesday night that the BJP is seeking votes in the name of the ‘holy cow’ but their government here is allowing the cow trade to flourish with neighbouring Bangladesh.
Baghel alleged that ever since BJP came to power in Assam in 2016, cow trade and export of cow meat to Bangladesh has gone up by 211% in just two years. “It has been sponsoring the trade across the border. The Sonowal government is running a systematic syndicate,” he alleged, adding that meat export to Bangladesh has grown many folds.
“The Sonowal government has been claiming that they are checking the cow trade and that there have been many seizures. If this is true then where are the cows being kept? Where are the ‘gaushalas’? The task of protecting the cow has been given to the animal husbandry department, instead of the police. Now, we know why,” Baghel said.
The syndicate is just not limited to the cow trade, he said. “The Sonowal government has broken all records in coal brokerage and illegal coal trading. Almost 500 trucks of coal are being illegally transported every day. Besides this there are syndicates dealing in bamboo, ‘pan’ and fish,” he accused.
Hitting out at the government for the high rate of unemployment, the Congress referred to the ‘unfulfilled promises’ in its vision document published before the last assembly polls. “BJP had promised employment of 4.6 lakh jobless in Assam every year, which comes to providing 23 lakh jobs in five years. I have information that 16.42 lakh people were unemployed between 2016 and 2018 and this figure increased to 20 lakh in 2020,” Baghel alleged.
“An estimated 15 to 18 lakh youths have migrated from Assam, looking for job opportunities,” he said. Baghel said the concept of double engine growth-by having a BJP government at the Centre and the state-has failed miserably.
“In Chhattisgarh, the Congress government waived farmer loans within hours of oath-taking. We are buying paddy from the farmers at MSP,” he asserted.
Apart from MSP, Baghel said Chhattisgarh has launched a new scheme called Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, where the government is paying Rs 10,000 per acre to the farmers for paddy, sugar cane and maize.
“The Sonowal government is unable to provide MSP to the farmers and they are being forced to sell paddy at Rs 900-1,000 per quintal,” Baghel lamented.

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