Assam Polls: Opp Congress fires salvo at ruling BJP on CAA



The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), on Friday, attacked the incumbent BJP and asked the party to clarify its stand on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

"The BJP needs to tell us if the CAA benefits (the) Assamese people or hurts them," APCC president Ripun Bora said.

The Opposition party has taken up the contentious Act as a poll plank while looking to garner public support during rallies and promising to build a martyrs' memorial to commemorate the anti-CAA protests.

The ruling party has been silent on CAA in the recent past, even as Union Home Minister Amit Shah stated during a poll rally in Bengal earlier this month that the Act would be notified once the vaccination drive against COVID-19 was over.

Firing a salvo at Shah, the chairman of the Congress campaign committee, Pradyut Bordoloi, asked the Union Home Minister to come clear on CAA.

"Can Amit Shah please clarify if CAA will be implemented all-India or only in Bengal?" asked Bordoloi, whose question assumes significance as the BJP is aggressively campaigning for CAA in the Bengal elections.

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Other senior leaders, currently amid a 'Save Assam' campaign, also joined in and grilled the incumbent party on CAA.

"Very simple question…. does the BJP think CAA is in favour of Assamese people?" asked Gaurav Gogoi, Chairman of the Congress manifesto committee.

Congress Publicity Committee Chairman, Rakibul Hussain, asked, "Does the Assam BJP think that its stand on CAA conforms with its pitch for jati, mati, bheti (community, land, home)?"

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his campaign narrative, vowed that the "BJP is committed to secure jati, mati, bheti of Assam."

Congress Legislature Party leader Debabrata Saikia also joined in to ask, "Why is the BJP pretending that they will not implement CAA in Assam when its rules were framed in July?"

(Edited by Andre Kongri)

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