By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 18: Along with rest of the tion, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today gheraoed the RBI office at Guwahati in protest against demonetization. As many as 33 RBI regiol offices were gheraoed in the country by Congress leaders and cadres today.
Taking part at the demonstration today, APCC president Ripun Bora said: “Prime Minister rendra Modi has attacked democracy of the country, leading to undue suffering to the common and poor people by demonetization. It has affected the economy of the country. The Centre must realize that we won’t stop our protest against Modi’s anti-people policies. They’ve deployed CRPF, SSB and police personnel to unleash violence on Congress leaders and workers.”
Bora said that the action against the agitators today revealed the barbaric and undemocratic attitude of the BJP government in the State. “However, we won’t relent,” he said.
Around 10,000 Congress leaders and cadres gathered at Dighalipukhuripar at 10 am today. From there they marched to the RBI office, but not without scuffle as the security personnel barricaded them. There was mild baton charge. The agitators demonstrated for an hour shouting slogans like ‘Modi hatao, desh bachao; Modi sorkar hai hai, Modi go back, Rahul Gandhi zindabad, etc’.
When the situation went out of control, the police arrested APCC president Ripun Bora, MP Bhubaneswar Kalita, former minister Pradyut Bordoloi and 500 others only to make them intensify the demonstration. They were, however, released later.
Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also took part in the protest. He came down heavily on the Prime Minister for demonetization, and the State government for its failure. Gogoi predicted before the media that Rahul Gandhi is set to be the Prime Minister in 2019.
AICC general secretary CP Joshi, who is Assam in-charge of the party, former Chief Minister Bhumidhar Barman, CLP leader Debabrata Saikia, MLA Rekibuddin Ahmed, MLA Abdul Khaleque and other top leaders of the party took part in the agitation.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued to the press today, the APCC condemned Governor Banowarilal Purohit terming Lachit Borphukan as a protector of Hindus yesterday. They appealed to the Governor not to see the war heroes of the State with a religious spectacle.