Guwahati : Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday criticised the expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s council of ministers, saying Assam has been neglected in the process. “There should have been at least two ministers, including at least one cabinet \minister, from Assam considering the mandate the BJP had received from the people of Assam,” Gogoi said.
“This is perhaps the first government at the Centre which had only one minister and not even a minister of cabinet rank,” he added while addressing a press conference in Assam’s main city Guwahati, reports IANS. “How can the wishes and aspirations of the people of Assam be placed at the Cabinet meetings of the central government,” Gogoi asked, adding that Assam was largely ignored during the ministry expansion by Modi on Tuesday. “The BJP had campaigned of ‘achche din’ during the elections but are these good days that people of Assam witnessing,” he asked. “Where is the ‘achche din’ promised by them? I admit that we had failed to control the price-rise, but why has the BJP failed to do so as well,” Gogoi said. “We have failed and so people did not vote for us. They voted for the BJP, expecting better days and the state government is doing just the opposite,” he said.