Assam Polls: Randeep Singh Surjewala asks PM Modi to clear stand on CAA
GUWAHATI: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned for BJP in Assam’s Karimganj on Thursday, Congress hit back at him with the question of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) once again.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the five years of BJP rule in the state has only witnessed a threat looking over the entire state and Assamese community.
“In the entire nation, Assam is known for its culture, tolerance, moderation, goodwill and harmony but from the past five years, to quench their thirst for power in Assam, not only had they sown seeds of division but also they have attacked language and land of Assam through CAA. Assam can tolerate everything but cannot tolerate deception and falsehood,” the national leader said.
The Congress leader questioned the Modi government’s intention when the latter has brought CAA. He asked, “Why do you want to harm the original identity, culture and civilization of Assam? Modi and Sarbananda Sonowal notified the Citizenship Amendment Act on January 10, 2021. Is Modi ji planning to implement this act after the Vidhan Sabha election in Assam? Modi promised to implement CAA in West Bengal. But why Modi ji is silent in the context of Assam? Why this double standard in Assam?”
Surjewala alleged that from Prime Minister Modi to Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal have made fake promises to the people of the state.
“In 2017, Modi government had announced that on both banks of the river Brahmaputra 1,300 km of Expressway will be built by spending Rs 40,000 Cr. In this context, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of Road Transport &Highway Nitin Gadkari captured headlines. But on February 8, this year in Rajya Sabha, the Centre disclosed that there was no proposal to build an expressway on the two banks of river Brahmaputra. Why have you cheated the people of Assam?” he questioned.
Assam will go for polls in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6. Result will be declared on May 2.