Assam BJP accuses Congress govt of disregarding democratic rights

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GUWAHATI: Assam BJP has charged Congress led Assam government with disregarding the democratic rights of the commoners in the state. The party has accused that the government was using police force and the administration to suppress democratic voice of the people. It accused that security forces sprang upon the BJP leaders and workers as they were taking out a protest procession in Dispur on Wednesday.

BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal said that police action on the protesters have once again suggested the level of Tarun Gogoi government's intolerance.

"Many protesters sustained injury. Even our senior leader and MP Ramen Deka were not spared. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi deployed his police force to gag the voice of protest," said Sonowal.

On Wednesday, police resorted to lob tear gas shells, lathi charge and blank firing in Last Gate of Dispur while BJP protesters tried to break bamboo barricade of police in front of Assam secretariat.

Security forces resorted to rubber bullet firing at Super market area at a stone's throw distance from the Assam Assembly House in Dispur.

"We were protesting against the corruption of the Congress government in a democratic way. But the Congress is so afraid of democratic protests of now as they know they are losing ground in the state. People of the state have realised how corrupt is Congress and that BJP will form the government in the next election."

Many incidents of clash between the police and the protesters were reported during the protest wherein BJP MP Ramen Deka and General Secretary Bijay Gupta got injured.

On Wednesday, BJP's Assam in-charge Mahendra Singh was arrested along with many BJP MLAs and senior leaders on charge of violating 144 CrPc that was imposed in Dispur since Tuesday. Guwahati Police Commissioner Mukesh Agarwala had also stated that the party was not given permission to hold protest rally in Dispur.

Replying to the statement of the Police Commissioner, BJP President Sarbanada Sonowal said, "We had sent letter to the Commissioner's office seeking permission for the rally. As they did not reply to us, we thought we would be allowed to hold the protest."

The protest of BJP against Tarun Gogoi government fuelled up when on Monday, Assam Assembly Speaker Pranab Gogoi expelled the BJP MLAs on the very first day of winter session of Assam assembly for the entire session. BJP also staged protest on Tuesday wherein police picked up 12 BJP MLAs from the site and later released them.