BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, February 5: Coming down heavily on the BJP, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) observer (administration and organisation) Dr Haren Das said the BJP’s change of statement on the Vision Document goof–up would not be tolerated by the people of the northeast.
Talking to reporters here, Das said, “Terming the goof–up as mere printing mistake by the BJP is not sufficient. The mistake is the reflection of the party’s inner–self and it was intentiol.”
Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay on Wednesday apologised to people of the region for the mistake. Terming the goof–up as a "clerical error", Upadhyay said they have reprinted the document.
“Though the Prime Minister and few other top leaders of the BJP apologised for the error as they prefer to call it, Assam BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharya is yet to admit it,” he added.
Stating that the BJP has hurt the sentiments of the people of the northeastern region, Das said, “The Congress will stage protest programmes on the issue from February 6 all over the State.”
There were protests on the streets of Guwahati on this issue.
The 24–page Vision Document that entails the party’s roadmap in taking Delhi forward by making it a world–class city and steps in public welfare includes a section on "North Eastern Immigrants to be Protected". The section talks of special cells in all police stations and 24–hour helpline numbers to be set up "for protection of north–eastern migrants".