New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked the Modi government for his divisive politics and said that his party won’t allow implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) if it is voted to power in the upcoming assembly elections.
Addressing his first public rally in Assam ahead of the assembly elections due in March-April, Gandhi said BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are trying to divide the state on the issue of Assam Accord, he said, “If Assam is divided, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Home Minister Amit Shah will not be affected, but the people of Assam and the rest of India will be affected.”
Gandhi along with all the senior leaders on the dais wore a ‘Gamocha’ (Assamese scarf) on which symbolically the word CAA was crossed out, making it clear that Congress’ opposition to the controversial law will be a major poll plank.
“We are wearing this ‘gamocha’ which has CAA written on it which is crossed out which means that no matter what happens, CAA will not be allowed (to be implemented by us). Listen ‘hum do humare do’, we will never allow CAA (to be implemented),” Gandhi said.
If there will be violence in Assam and it is divided, then India will be harmed along with the state, he said adding that, “we will not allow this to happen”.
“I have come here to tell you, all the Congress leaders are standing here that no power in the world can break Assam. The Congress and the people of Assam will teach a lesson to those who try to touch the Assam Accord and spread hatred,” he asserted.
Sounding the Congress’ poll bugle in the state, Gandhi attacked the Modi government repeatedly alleging that it was working with an approach of ‘Hum do, Hamare do’ — a term he recently used while speaking in Lok Sabha to claim that the country is being run by only four people.
Responding to Mr Gandhi’s charges, Assam Minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Congress should take a stand against Bangladeshi immigrant Muslims if it is true to its words about saving the state.