A day after former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi was denied permission to address a press conference at the Assam House in New Delhi, the Congress on Friday there is a state of “undeclared emergency” in the country under in BJP rule.
“This is nothing but simply an undeclared emergency. Here we neither have right to speak nor freedom of expression…govt trying to shut our mouth,” said Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora.
He said that the incident of not granting permission to former chief minister Gogoi to address the press even in his room is “totally undemocratic.”
Bora on Friday wrote a letter to the resident commissioner of Assam House for explanation over the matter.
“If there is any such rule that people can’t address in the state guest house, they should give it in writing,” said Bora.
“In the Parliament or even in the Assembly, people can speak in favour of the government or against the government…how come a state guest house can restrict anybody from speaking to the press,” he said.
The incident has already sparked a controversy in Assam. On earlier occasions, even other APCC members and representatives from other organisations were denied permission to address press conference at Assam House.