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Guwahati: Taking a dig at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, veteran Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi called the “communal virus” of the party more dangerous than coronavirus during a press conference at his residence in Guwahati on Saturday.

In the backdrop of Congress and AIUDF joining hands for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in the state, Gogoi said that the communal virus is creating hatred, leading to conflict and killing of people, and to keep a tab on this, all the right-minded people having faith in secularism and democracy have to join together

He added, “Congress’ alliance with AIUDF is an attempt to forge an alliance with all those forces which have faith in democracy, secularism and upliftment of the common man who has faith in democracy. We want to protect our constitution which provides our basic rights and privileges and I am happy that our efforts have started to yield good results.”

The three-time chief minister said that the Congress wants to expand its alliance to other groups like CPI, CPIM, split groups of AGP, AASU and KMSS as well. “We want to have an alliance with everybody. We have to have ‘mahagathbandhan’ so that we can defeat these communal forces,” he added.

Earlier this week, the Congress and AIUDF declared senior journalist Ajit Bhuyan as its joint candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for March 26. Bhuyan filed his nomination papers in the state assembly on Friday where he was clicked holding hands with Gogoi and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, sending out a strong statement.

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Gogoi also criticised Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who was with Congress before switching side to BJP. He called Sarma a “fanatical communist who is creating hatred in the community”.

He said Himanta was once a fanatical Muslim fundamentalist who criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat saying that “in Gujarat, water doesn’t flow in pipes, but the blood of Muslims flow, and today the same man has become a fanatical Hindu”.

Calling Sarma “an extreme man”, the veteran Congress leader said, “Nobody knows where he stands. This rabid communalism has to be stopped. That is why I say this communal virus which is more dangerous than Coronavirus has to be checked. For that we have decided to have an alliance.”

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