Silchar (Agencies): Development will be the main plank on which the Congress will contest the forthcoming Assembly elections in Assam, AICC General Secretary and Assam in-charge Digvijay Singh said.

"The state has witnessed tremendous development during the last decade of the Congress rule in the state and people are very happy with the Congress," Singh, who is currently on a visit to the Barak valley told reporters here on Thursday.

The Congress government, he said, has done a very good job during the last few years, like initiating dialogue with the ULFA, initiating various schemes for the poor and the marginalised, bringing about remarkable improvement in law and order situation and health services among other things.

The Congress began its election campaign in the Barak Valley by organising a huge public rally here on Wednesday.

Altogether 1,200 party workers have applied for party nomination for the 126 Assembly seats, which he said was "remarkable. ...This proves that the people of the state are still with the Congress".

Assam Pradesh Congress President Bhubaneswar Kalita said that the BJP was a communal party and the people of Assam had rejected both the AGP and BJP.