All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary and two-time MLA Rana Goswami, who is the Congress candidate for Jorhat constituency has slammed Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma  for comparing him with Aurungzeb, in an election rally in Jorhat, on Sunday.

Rana Goswami further challenged Himanta Biswa Sarma for an open debate on relevant issues like price rise, unemployment and CAA.

Briefing the media, Rana Goswami said that this was an insult to a district which boasts high literacy rate and rich culture.

“The people of Jorhat who are literate and are rooted to State’s culture will not be fooled by such rabble rousing speeches,” Rana Goswami said.

Himanta Biswa Sarma, in a BJP election meeting on Sunday in Jorhat, had said that the contest in Jorhat was not between Rana Goswami and BJP candidate Hitendra Nath Goswami but against Aurangzeb and Ram Singh (comparison of Aurangzeb with Badruddin Ajmal and Ram Singh with Rana Goswami).

Rana Goswami said that raising the bogey of a Mughal invasion in present times would not hold water among Jorhat’s educated electorate.

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Goswami further said that Sarma should speak about present times and not stay in the past.

“I challenge him for an open debate on the promises he made prior to the 2016 Assembly elections. The BJP promised employment to 25 lakh youth in Assam annually, Rs 350 as wages to the tea workers, bringing down prices and ousting illegal migrants. How much of these promises have been fulfilled? Goswami asked.

“I challenge Sarma to say that the BJP had passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, in all the meetings that he addresses. It is the BJP that will settle lakhs of illegal migrants in Assam and not the other way round,” Goswami added.

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Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: