Assam Polls: Amit Shah terms Assam’s new Regional Fronts as ‘Parties of Agitators’
GUWAHATI: Without naming the newly floated regional fronts of the state, union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday termed them as the parties of protesters and accused them of trying to help Congress in the upcoming Assam elections.
Shah who was visiting Assam’s Nagaon district alleged that these newly formed parties were only trying to put a dent in BJP’s vote share and help Congress in the ensuing polls.
“The agitators who have now formed political parties in different names are only trying to help Congress party indirectly. It’s sad that they are helping Congress which had once opposed the historic Assam movement and shot bullets on those who were fighting for Assam’s existence. Do they believe that Congress can save Assam while the party is in alliance with Badruddin Ajmal led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)?” Shah said.
In Assam, following the massive anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) movement, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) who had led the Assam movement in 80s along with Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) has floated Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) to counter BJP.
Besides, peasant leader Akhil Gogoi who was arrested during the anti CAA movement in the state also floated a regional party of Raijor Dal. Both AJP and Raijor Dal have already forged an alliance to contest the upcoming state polls. However, they have already rejected Congress’ offer of an alliance.
“The real leaders of Assam movement and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) are with BJP. it’s our alliance that can only take Assam forward,” Shah added.
Coming down heavily on Congress, Shah alleged that despite Congress was in power in Assam for 15 years, it has not addressed any of the state’s prime issues like flood, infiltration and economy.
He said, “Congress itself knows that they can’t win the elections. Congress leaders only remember Assam when it’s election time. Congress has ruled Assam; even the Prime Minister was an MP from Assam but the party has never worked for the betterment of the state. It’s during BJP’s last 5 years that Assam has seen massive growth.”
Shah went further and challenged the Congress party to furnish a report card of their works in the state. “I challenge the Congress party to provide a report card of their ruling time in the state. I will send one youth leader to Congress office to collect it if they dare to give it,” the home minister added.
However, Shah did not mention anything about the contentious issue of CAA in his speech.