Top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who is in Assam campaigning for the party ahead of the third phase of the Assam Assembly elections has lambasted the BJP-led Assam Government over the issue of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP-led Assam Government for ordering the police to ‘fire’ upon unarmed civilians who were out on the streets to protest against the CAA in December 2019.
As many as five (5) persons were shot dead by the police during the anti-CAA protests in Assam.
Rahul Gandhi said that killing youth of the State during the anti-CAA protests in fact was an attempt by the BJP-Government in the State to ‘murder’ Assam.
“When I had come to meet family of Dipanjal Das (killed in Guwahati during anti-CAA protests in 2019), I felt that bullets weren’t fired at one youth, it was fired at Assam. It was attempted to murder Assam. He wasn’t just a youth, he was an idea. He was Assam,” Rahul Gandhi said while addressing an election rally at Chaygaon in Kamrup (Rural) district.
“Dipanjal Das was a youth of Assam. BJP government didn’t do what it was supposed to. They didn’t provide him employment and when he stood for Assam peacefully, he was shot dead by the BJP-RSS. We (Congress) give you 5 guarantees, the 1st being that we won’t let CAA get implemented in Assam,” Rahul Gandhi added.
Notably, the BJP seems to have decided to turn a blind eye on the death of 5 youth in Assam during the anti-CAA protests.
Top BJP leaders including Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently while addressing an election rally said that Assam has not witnessed any kind of protest under the regime of the BJP-led Government.
Amit Shah further went on to say that in the last five years of BJP regime in Assam, no innocent life has been lost in police firing.
“During the last 5 years of BJP rule in Assam under the leadership of Sarbananda Sonowal, there has been no protest and none died in police firing,” Amit Shah had said in an election rally.
However, the facts state otherwise and is known to all in Assam.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, Rahul Gandhi also paid a visit to the Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills in Guwahati.
Rahul Gandhi offered prayers and sought blessings from Goddess Kamakhya. He also interacted with the priests and other staff of the Kamakhya Temple.
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On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi had alleged that the BJP of ‘attacking’ Assam by planning to scrap Article 254-A.
Rahul Gandhi said that contrary to the BJP’s plan, the Congress party in Assam stands firm that the Article 254-A remains implemented.
The Article states that if a state law has been enacted on a subject in the concurrent list and it contains provisions repugnant to the provisions of a central law, then with respect to that particular matter, the state law will prevail in the concerned state.
Rahul Gandhi made this allegation in regards to the Congress’ ‘guarantee’ of introducing a law in Assam, which would nullify the implementation of CAA.
Top Congress leader Rahul Gandhi further said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is an ‘attack’ on the culture and history of Assam.