Guwahati: Vikas Upadhyay, the Congress party's Assam in-charge National Secretary today attacked Union Home Minister Amit Shah's visit to Assam and said that he will teach the local workers to incite riots to "influence" the upcoming elections in Assam.
Upadhyay said, "Home minister Amit Shah is visiting states with upcoming elections and advising BJP cadres to incite riots in order to influence the outcome by polarizing the voters. Amit Shah's visit to Assam after Bengal is a part of this strategy only.
Caautioning the people of Assam to not fall prey to this, he added "The people here fought a lot on the issue of linguistic identity and citizenship, but the BJP, which promised to trace and repatriate illegal migrants, used them only to grab power."
In Assam, he added, the BJP had fallen flat on the promises it made of providing employment and development of the state. "They could not do any work in the last five years. The condition of government schools is poor and inflation is at its peak whereas the Govt is busy privatizing state's public sector property. BJP is trying to polarize votes by playing religion based politics with the sole purpose of grabbing power by any means," he added.
Vikas Upadhyay said, the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has been brought for the purpose of regaining power. "It has been clarified that this bill will not be implemented in the autonomous administrative region of India. It is clear from this how the BJP wants to mislead the people of Assam by adopting the policy of 'Divide and rule'" he further added.
Claiming that coercing elected representatives of other party leaders to join BJP by using unscrupulous means has become the character of BJP, Upadhyay accused Amit Shah of inciting violence in all the states including Assam which are headed for elections.
Vikas Upadhyay reminded that it was Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister in 1985 who had taken care of the state of Assam and announced a package for its economic development and it was decided to set up an oil refinery, paper mill and technical institute here.
"It was then also decided that there should be special legislation and administrative measures to protect the cultural, social and linguistic identity of Assamese-speaking people, but the BJP has put these aspects in the background in the last 5 years," he added.
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