GUWAHATI, Jan 9 - Former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today accused the ruling BJP of playing divisive politics by passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and added that Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has sacrificed all his principles for the sake of power.
Addressing a press conference here, Gogoi said the passage of the controversial legislation by the Lok Sabha yesterday was very unfortunate.
He said the people of Assam voted the BJP to power in 2016 with a huge majority after believing the promises made by the saffron party.
“However, the party has now betrayed the people. The State has never seen this kind of a government of betrayers earlier. Sonowal has betrayed the State,” he said.
He also accused Sonowal of acting on the directions of the BJP’s central leadership.
The former Chief Minister said the Central government has insulted the people of Assam by ignoring their views with regard to the Bill. He said the Congress will continue its fight against the Bill and may even seek legal recourse if necessary.
Gogoi said the democratic protest against the Bill should be further intensified and all those opposing the controversial legislation should put up a united fight.
He, however, maintained that students should avoid resorting to measures like boycott of classes. Gogoi said the NRC update process has now become virtually redundant following the passage of the Bill.
“It would be better if the NRC offices are now locked up,” he said. The former Chief Minister termed the BJP as the ‘Bangladeshi Jatiya Party’.