UPA’S LOSS IS NDA’S GAIN
The Narendra Modi government has earned big praise in Assam by naming the 9.15 km Dhola-Sadiya bridge on the Brahmaputra, India’s longest, after legendary Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika. Even militant outfit ULFA’s commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah sent the government a thank you note. For the UPA, which started the project in 2010 and delayed it, it’s a huge public relations opportunity missed. And just how badly, for it was Congress leader and then environment minister Jairam Ramesh who, in a letter to the PMO, had proposed that the bridge be named after Hazarika. Double whammy.