23 Jan 2024

Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra: Why Did Rahul Gandhi Say Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s Tactics are Boosting Yatra's Visibility

Following the interruption of his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra by the Assam police, Rahul Gandhi said Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's efforts to impede the Yatra have inadvertently benefited its cause.

During a press conference, Gandhi declared, "Regardless of the opposition we face, we remain undeterred. The actions taken by the Chief Minister against the Yatra have inadvertently brought more attention to our cause. The Yatra has become a focal point in Assam, and this is the BJP's way of trying to intimidate us. However, we are not afraid, and our message is reaching every village as people inquire about the situation."

He continued, "The public questions why I am being prevented from visiting temples or engaging with students. While they may obstruct our march, they cannot impede the spread of our message."

Addressing reports of discord with the TMC over seat sharing in the INDIA alliance, Gandhi reassured that relations between Mamata Banerjee and the Congress party remain strong, despite occasional statements from both sides.

FIR to be filed against Rahul

During the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, clashes erupted between Congress workers and the Assam Police when barricades were erected. In response, Chief Minister Sarma directed the DGP of Assam Police to file an FIR against Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of inciting the crowd.

Sarma expressed his disapproval on Twitter, stating, "Such 'Naxalite tactics' are not in line with Assamese culture. I have instructed the police to file an FIR against Rahul Gandhi for instigating the crowd and causing massive traffic disruptions in Guwahati."

Undeterred by the obstacles, Rahul Gandhi emphasized that Congress workers do not break the law, even if the authorities displayed such behavior.

In an earlier address to students during the Yatra, Gandhi accused the BJP governments at the Center and in Assam of hindering his communication with students. He highlighted the attempts by the Home Ministry and the Chief Minister's office to prevent him from engaging with university students. He expressed his desire to understand the challenges of students and offer assistance.

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