Assam Congress president Bhupen Borah, on Monday, came down heavily on the state BJP leadership and union minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking out Jan Ashirwad Yatra in the state, which he said was a “disaster in the making” during COVID-19 pandemic. 

Speaking to the media at Rajiv Bhavan in Dibrugarh, Assam Congress president Bhupen Borah said that the BJP’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra was an ‘invitation’ to the third wave of the COVID-19 in the state. 

The Assam BJP had initiated a three-day Jan Ashirwad Yatra from August 21 to August 23 to welcome union minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the state.  

The Yatra covering 375.5 kms had traversed through the party’s organisational districts of Guwahati, Morigaon, Kaliabar, Nagaon, Jorhat and Sivasagar. 

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“Sarbananda Sonowal should apologize to the people of Assam for risking lives during COVID times. There seems to be different sets of rules for the BJP and the common people,” Assam Congress president Bhupen Borah said. 

The Assam Congress chief added: “Although COVID protocols prohibit gathering of more than 200 people in a meeting, we have seen gross violation of it by the BJP during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra. Covid protocols were violated at LGBI Airport, Dr Bhupen Hazarika Memorial and other places where there were large gatherings.” 

“The BJP government finds faults with others but they are the ones who violate the rules with impunity,” Borah further said. 

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: