GUWAHATI, Jan 5 - The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Sunday slammed the BJP-led government over Saturday’s booth presidents’ meeting, saying the BJP cannot distract the people protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act by arranging such events.
Addressing a press meet here on Sunday, APCC spokesperson Apurba Kumar Bhattacharjee said, “The BJP’s booth president meeting looked like a gathering of women where people were brought with promises of some government schemes. This kind of event cannot shut the voice of the indigenous people who are continuously opposing the CAA. Through this booth-level meeting, the BJP was trying to show their strength, but they failed completely.”
“The BJP-led government is continuously attacking us and accusing us of misleading the people of Assam. Many members of our party are being sent behind bars only because they were vocal against the Act, which the government wants to forcefully impose on the people. This act of the government is condemnable and we demand that they be released without any delay. The Congress has been vocal against the Act and is standing for the greater interest of the people and such allegations won’t stop us from protesting,” he added.
Taking a dig at Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s claim of getting over 100 seats in the next Assembly elections, Bhattacharjee said, “He grew with the Congress and making statements against the party now won’t make any difference. We do not indulge in divisive politics and have always stood with the people.”
Bhattacharjee also criticised BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass for his recent comment of being a proud Assamese. “If he is a proud Assamese, then why didn’t he oppose the CAA? He should have protested against it,” he said.