Barpeta, April 3, 2019
Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s candidate for the Barpeta parliamentary seat, Ashahak Ali Dewan on April 3rd, 2019 blamed the Congress for ‘using’ the minority people and also said that the party would continue to fight against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Dewan also slammed Congress in Assam over the minority issue. “The Congress is responsible for the sufferings of the minority people in Assam. The Congress failed to solve the issues related to Assam NRC, D voter during their rule. They provided land to different communities and tribes, jeopardizing the existence of indigenous Assamese.”
The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee led TMC has fielded nine candidates in Assam for the enusing Lok Sabha elections. Apart from Dewan, the other candidates are: Chandan Das (Karimganj), Hitabrata Roy(Silchar), Nurul Islam Choudhury (Dhubri), Kamala Kanta Daimary (Kokrajhar), Manoj Sharma (Guwahati), Sudhendu Mohan Talukar (Mangaldai), Sahadev Das (Nagaon) and Ribulaya Gogoi (Jorhat).
“I will continue to oppose the contentious Citizenship Bill and work towards safeguarding the identity of Assamese people. I will take a firm stand against the contentious Citizenship Bill, if voted to power,” said Dewan who filed his nomination on April 2nd, 2019.
It may be noted Banerjee will hold a public rally at Dhubri district of Assam on April 5th, 2019 to canvass for the party’s nine Lok Sabha candidates. Elections to 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam will be held in three phases April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019.