Hoping to money in on the resentment in opposition to the centre’s controversial citizenship legislation that sparked huge, violent protests in Assam final year, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday mentioned that his celebration will defend each precept of the Assam Accord and can by no means implement the Citizenship (Modification) Act or CAA if voted to energy within the state. Addressing his first public rally in Assam forward of the meeting elections due in March-April, Mr Gandhi mentioned that the state wants its “personal chief minister” who will hearken to the voice of the folks.
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“The Assam Accord has introduced peace and it’s the protector of the state. I and my celebration employees will defend every precept of the Accord. There won’t be a single deviation from it,” he mentioned. Mr Gandhi mentioned unlawful immigration is a matter in Assam and expressed confidence that the folks of the state have the aptitude to resolve the difficulty by means of dialogue.
Alleging that BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) try to divide the state on the difficulty of Assam Accord, he mentioned, “If Assam is split, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah won’t be affected, but the folks of Assam and the remainder of India shall be affected.”
Carrying the normal Assamese scarf ‘Gamocha’ with the phrase CAA crossed, the senior Congress chief mentioned that if his celebration involves energy within the state, the legislation won’t be carried out below any circumstance.
Focusing on the present Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Mr Gandhi mentioned Assam wants a chief minister from their “personal folks” who will hearken to their points and attempt to resolve them. “Distant management can function a TV but not a CM (Chief Minister). The present CM listens to Nagpur and Delhi. If Assam will get a CM like this once more, it won’t profit the folks. The youths want a CM who will give jobs to them,” he mentioned.
He additionally promised to lift the earnings of Assam’s tea backyard employees saying, “Assam’s tea backyard employees get Rs 167 per day wage whereas merchants in Gujarat get tea gardens. We promise to present tea backyard employees of Assam Rs 365 per day wage. The place will the cash come from? It is going to come from Gujarat’s merchants.”
Taking a dig on the PM Modi, Amit Shah and “businessmen near them”, Mr Gandhi mentioned, “I’ve devised a brand new slogan for Assam — Hum doh, humare doh; Assam ke liye humare aur do, aur sab kuch loot lo.”
He alleged that pure sources and public sector enterprises within the state are being “bought off” to 2 main businessmen of the nation. He additionally accused the Modi authorities of “looting” public cash in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and waiving large quantities of loans of his “two businessmen buddies”.
He mentioned that the Congress authorities below the management of former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had introduced peace to Assam by ending the period of violence and adopted the Assam Accord which gives for the detection and deportation of all unlawful immigrants, who’ve entered the nation after 1971 and residing within the state, regardless of their faith.
Underneath the CAA, members of non-Muslim communities who got here in from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan earlier than 2015 will get Indian citizenship. The legislation that got here into impact final year, had triggered huge protests within the state over considerations that it violates the provisions of the Assam Accord and permits for unlawful settlers from Bangladesh to be legalised.
Responding to Mr Gandhi’s costs, Assam Minister and BJP chief Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned that Congress ought to take a stand in opposition to Bangladeshi immigrant Muslims whether it is true to its phrases about saving the state.