GUWAHATI: The Congress in Assam will keep its options open to forge alliance with other political parties except AIUDF to defeat the ruling BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections. Veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while addressing a press conference here on Monday afternoon said that the BJP is a threat to democracy and secularism. He said the saffron party has also become a threat to indigenous people of Assam due to its arrogance to make the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 a law.
“The CAB could not have its passage in the Rajya Sabha due to the Opposition parties stand against the Bill. Democratic movement by various organizations and the people of Assam also resulted in a massive wave against the Bill.
But despite such development the ruling BJP has refused to respect the people’s sentiment against the Bill. The latest statement of the BJP president Amit Shah that the CAB will be back once his party returns to power after the Lok Sabha polls, is evident of the saffron party’s arrogance to insult the indigenous people,” Tarun Gogoi said.
Asserting to make the CAB as one of the major issues in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, Tarun Gogoi said barring the AIUDF the Congress to forge alliance with other political parties to defeat the BJP.
Earlier addressing the same press conference, APCC president Ripun Bora ridiculed the State Cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s statement that Assam would become a Kashmir if the CAB is not made a law.
“Sarma seems to be more concerned about Assam becoming Kashmir by remaining willfully oblivious that the CAB will make Assam another Tripura where indigenous people has become a minority,” Bora said.
Bora said that the ruling BJP which do not miss an opportunity to highlight the alleged encroachment of xatra land in the State by suspected nationals, has itself grabbed a plot of land of Water Resource Department in the city to build its multistoried party office.
Bora said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi will address a massive rally at the Khanapara-based playground of the College of Veterinary Science on February 26 in a bid to unite all the non-BJP parties and the UPA allies against the BJP.
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