The opposition Congress observed a ”maun vrat” (vow of silence) in Guwahati on Monday seeking sacking of Union minister Ajay Mishra.

The party also demanded exemplary punishment for Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish Mishra for his alleged involvement in violence at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhupen Kumar Borah said that the ”maun vrat” outside Meghdoot Bhawan (General Post Office) was being held as part of the grand old party’s countrywide protest against the incident of violence during an agitation by farmers in UP.

Eight people were killed in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3, including four farmers and two BJP workers.

Borah said, “The law cannot be different for VVIPs and common citizens. No effort was made to arrest the minister’s son till he surrendered.”

The APCC chief further accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “remaining silent as a cabinet minister’s son is involved in the incident”.

Opposition Leader in Assam Assembly Debabrata Saikia, AICC executive president Zakir Hussain Sikdar, and MP Pradyut Bordoloi were among those who took part in the demonstration.

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