AICC general secretary Harish Rawat blamed Assam government for the killing of five people in Sadiya last week Credit: Twitter

Guwahati: The Congress party on Monday launched a scathing attack on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam and held the government responsible for the killing of five people at Sadiya in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district on November 1.

Taking on Assam chief minister Sarbanda Sonowal, Harish Rawat, former Uttarakhand chief minister and the Congress secretary in charge of Assam, said, “The Assam government has been doing divisive politics. Our party warned the state government to refrain from politics of polarisation which would result in a law and order situation in the state. Now, five innocent people were killed.”

Rawat further added: “Congress handed over a peaceful state to the BJP. But since the BJP has come to power, the law and order situation has deteriorated. The state government failed miserably in maintaining peace in the state.”

The Congress leader accused that CM Sonowal used the National Register of Citizens (NRC) state coordinator to “delete genuine Indian citizens” from the draft list by dropping five documents out of the 15 to prove one’s citizenship. “However, we are thankful that the Supreme Court rejected the suggestion and genuine citizens will not be left out of the NRC,” Rawat further added.

Rawat, who is in a tour of Assam to strengthen the party’s working committees, appeared confident that the Congress would again form government in Mizoram. Commenting on the defection and termination from the party, Rawat said, “People are influenced by the BJP, and some get carried away. But there are many who are joining the party too.”

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