Won’t let RSS run Assam from Nagpur: Rahul

Won’t let RSS run Assam from Nagpur: Rahul
Rahul Gandhi addresses during the rally against CAA at Khanapara Veterinary field, in Guwahati, Saturday.
GUWAHATI, DEC 28 (IANS) | Publish Date: 12/28/2019 12:15:20 PM IST


Accusing the BJP of spreading hate, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said his party would ensure Assam was run not from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters at Nagpur but by the people of the state.

Addressing the Congress’ “Save Constitution-Save India” rally here, Gandhi took on BJP governments at the Centre and in the state for firing on youths protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said the spirit of the Assam Accord should not be diluted.

“Wherever the BJP goes, it spreads hate. BJP doesn’t want to listen to voice of people,” he said in his first visit to the state after the recent violent protests against the CAA.

There were repeated slogans of “CAA ami namanu (I don’t accept CAA)” from the dais as well as from the audience, while Gandhi garlanded the photos of the five persons killed during the protests. He came down heavily on BJP and RSS, saying they won’t be allowed to “attack Assam’s history, culture and language”.

“Nagpur will not run Assam. The RSS chaddiwalahs will not run Assam. Assam will be run by the people of Assam from here,” he said, to tumultuous applause from the large crowd.

Gandhi warned that if any ruler felt he can “control and finish off” the language, history, and culture of the North East in only two minutes, “I will say they have no idea about you, they have no idea about the North East”. He sharply criticized BJP for the fatal shooting of protesting youths in Assam and other parts of the country.

Gandhi said the country’s youth are angry as they have to roam around looking for jobs with the BJP-led NDA government “destroying” the nation’s economy.

Iterating that Assam got peace because of the Assam Accord of 1985, he said: “Assam is returning to the path of violence due to the policies of BJP governments, both in the state and at the Centre. The spirit of the Assam Accord should not be diluted”. Gandhi also visited the residence of Sam Stafford, who lost his life during CAA protests.

BJP leaders hit back at Rahul

Hours after former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi targeted the BJP government and the RSS while speaking at an Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protest in Assam on Saturday, Union minister Giriraj Singh accused the Congress of wanting to “divide the country” by spreading lies and confusion over the Citizenship Amendment Act, and said if Rahul Gandhi has “love for infiltrators”, he can take them to Italy. 

Asking the Congress to refrain from a “policy of double-standards”, Singh claimed that the UPA government had earlier talked about the citizenship law, but did not go ahead with it due to “appeasement politics”.

BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao while speaking to news agency ANI said that Rahul Gandhi is “Rome Bhakt and not Ram Bhakt”. 

He also added that he is insulting the people of Assam by uttering inappropriate words against the government they voted for. “Congress has been sent home by people because and Rahul Gandhi is insulting them. If he is targeting Nagpur that means he is targeting the nationalist. He is targeting those who want to bring a Ram Rajya. He is ‘Rome bhakt’ or ‘Rawalpindi bhakt’ unlike us who are Ram Bhakt.” The remark by GVL is a jibe on Rahul Gandhi’s mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi who hails from Italy and reference to ISI headquarters in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain also expressed his disapproval against Rahul’s “Chaddiwala” comment attacking RSS and asserted that the Sangh is a nation-loving organisation. He stated that ‘Rahul Gandhi is repeatedly making headlines out of himself with controversial statements due to nervousness, and also slammed Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, saying that the NRC was brought to action under Congress government in Assam long before NDA’s NRC talks.


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