GUWAHATI: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Wednesday lodged an FIR against the state unit of BJP for hanging banners that described Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as a ‘supporter of anti-nationals at Jawaharlal Nehru University’ in several areas on Tuesday when the AICC vice-president was in Assam.
“This is a political conspiracy by BJP to malign the public image of Rahul Gandhi. We suspect the involvement of state BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal because the party would not put up the banners without his consent,” APCC vice-president Ripun Borah stated in the FIR, which was lodged at Panbazar police station in the city.
“The BJP has misused democracy by violating the Constitution and the law. We urge you (officer in-charge) to carry out an investigation and take necessary action,” Borah alleged in the FIR.
Rahul on Tuesday slammed the NDA government for allegedly suppressing the voices of students in universities and colleges across the country through ‘RSS vice-chancellors’. After winding up his two-day visit to the poll-bound state with a mammoth public rally in Sivasagar, Rahul said, “They (the government) are suppressing the voice of students in Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow. We’ll not accept this, we will fight this.” He added, “They are putting RSS VCs in every university and college, they are trying to suppress the voice of the students.”