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Indian PM Modi kicks off BJP’s poll campaign in Assam

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Updated: 10:32 GMT, Mar 26, 2016 | Published: 09:50 GMT, Mar 26, 2016 |
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign in poll-bound northeastern Assam state on Saturday (March 26) by taking on the province’s ruling Congress party.

BJP, which is a minor player in the state politics, has stitched together an alliance with two regional parties, besides accommodating several dissident leaders from the incumbent Congress government for the two-phased polls starting April 04.

Addressing a public rally in Tinsukia district, Modi said that his fight was not against the ruling Congress or Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi but against poverty and corruption.

“My fight is not against Gogoi, it is against poverty. My fight is against poverty, against wrongdoings and corruption,” said Modi.

Modi sought a chance for his BJP to develop the state, which has remained under Gogoi-led Congress government for the past 15 years.