BARPETA & DHUBRI (ASSAM), Jan. 24, 2024 (TBINN)
A day after Guwahati Police registered an F.I.R. against Rahul Gandhi and other Congress’ leaders for allegedly provoking a crowd, Rahul Gandhi today dared the Bhartiya Janta Party-ruled state to file “as many cases as it can”, asserting that he will not be intimidated.
Hours after his statement, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that arrests in connection with the violence during ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ on Tuesday will be made after the Lok Sabha elections, as taking such an action now will politicise the issue.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah on security issues faced by Rahul Gandhi during the Assam-leg of ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’, asking him to ensure his safety.
Referring to the F.I.R. lodged against Rahul Gandhi and a host of other Congress’ leaders, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who also holds the state’s Home portfolio, said, a Special Investigation Team (S.I.T.) will probe into the matter and arrests will be carried out after the Lok Sabha polls.
Addressing a public meeting today in Barpeta District, Rahul Gandhi called Sarma the “most corrupt C.M.” of the country and made a series of allegations related to land and areca nut trade.
I don’t know how Himanta Biswa Sarma got the idea that he can intimidate me by filing cases. File as many cases as you can. File 25 more cases, I am not going to be intimidated. B.J.P.-R.S.S. can’t intimidate me, Rahul added.
Earlier, Guwahati Police on Tuesday suo motu registered a F.I.R. against Rahul Gandhi and other leaders for “wanton acts of violence” in Guwahati by allegedly instigating a crowd to launch an attack on the personnel.
I gave a speech against (Narendra) Modi’s special friend (Gautam) Adani and a case was filed against me. Then they threw me out of Parliament and took away my government residence. I gave the keys myself, I don’t want it. My home is in the heart of every Indian citizen, I live there. I have lakhs of houses in Assam, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and all other states, Rahul Gandhi said amid huge applause from the public.
Addressing another rally in Dhubri District, Rahul claimed B.J.P. and Badruddin Ajmal-led A.I.U.D.F. are partners in the North-eastern state and they are two sides of the same coin.
In Assam, Congress is fighting B.J.P. against B.J.P. and its B team Ajmal. We cannot compromise with any of the two, B.J.P. and A.I.U.D.F. We will defeat B.J.P. in Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. For that, we need to defeat its B team Ajmal too, Rahul underlined.
Rahul Gandhi claimed that Ajmal works, as per instructions by Sarma and help each other in the elections and also claimed that Sarma is “remote-controlled” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Rahul also said that the Chief Minister will be “thrown out” if he spoke for the welfare of Assam.