Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that his party would not let the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill get passed, come what may.
He said that the Citizenship Bill that the government wanted to introduce was the “biggest attack” on the culture of the Northeast. “We will not let this bill pass, come what may,” he said.
Rahul kick-started the party’s campaign for Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura and addressed a mega rally in Itangar.
Speaking at the rally, Gandhi said his party will never attack the indigenous culture and heritage of the state.
He further said Congress would introduce the special category status for Arunachal Pradesh again if his party is voted to power.
“Arunachal Pradesh needs more roads, hospitals, airports, helipads,” Gandhi said. “We [Congress-led governments in the past] gave special status to all states of the Northeast. It also had a special place in our hearts. Today, the people of Arunachal Pradesh are not allowed to make their own decisions. These decisions are imposed on them from Delhi,” he said.
Rahul alleged that the BJP and RSS want to impose a monolithic way of thinking on the country.
The Congress president alleged that the BJP government ended the policy for industrial development that his party’s government had implemented.
Gandhi said a Congress government will also reintroduce special plan assistance and the North East Industrial Policy.
The Congress chief added that unlike Modi, who wants a “Congress-mukt Bharat”, his party does not want to get rid of any ideology.
“We will say to them [BJP] that they are free to follow their own ideology,” he added. “But we will not allow them to impose it on Arunachal Pradesh, on Manipur, on any other part of the country.”