With the Assembly elections in Assam approaching, the BJP is facing heavy setbacks in the state.
As many as 1,800 employees of two defunct paper mills in Assam have announced that they will not vote for the BJP.
The workers declared that the party had failed to keep its promise made in the last election to reopen the two institutions and therefore they would not vote for the BJP. The angry workers have even launched a campaign against the party.
In the run-up to the 2016 Assembly elections, the BJP had promised to reopen the Catcher Paper Mill run by the Hindustan Paper Corporation in Hailakandi in southern Assam and the Nagaon Paper Mill on Jagi Road in central Assam.
The first paper mill closed in 2015. Two years later, the second mill closed. The Joint Action Committee of the recognized unions of about 1,800 workers in the two mills has launched a door-to-door campaign to sensitize the people to expose the BJP-led government’s frauds.
“We have visited many people’s houses in the Barak Valley. We will soon reach out to the masses across the state and appeal to them to not support the BJP government in the election,” Manabendra Chakraborty, President of the union, told media persons.
Mr. Chakraborty accused the BJP government of “torturing” lakhs of people for years by not fulfilling its commitment of restarting the mills and paying the employees their dues.
So far, at least 82 staff members have died by suicide and of other reasons since the two units ceased functioning.
Earlier, a minister and two MLAs had left the party due to non-availability of seats.