Six parties including the Congress and the AIUDF formed an alliance to contest against the BJP in 2021 Assam elections Credit: Twitter

Days after six parties announced anti-BJP front, Union Home Minister Amit Shah set the tone for the BJP’s campaign as he attacked the opposition and said if Congress-AIUDF combine come to power in Assam they will open “all gates” to welcome infiltrators. The Union Home Minister also reiterated that the new political parties would merely cut into BJP votes help the Congress.

Union Minister Shah, however, did not mention the contentious issues of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is currently in limbo and the Citizenship Amendment Act, whose rules are yet to be framed amid opposition in Assam and other parts of the country. He also did not touch upon the implementation of the Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.

Addressing the Vijay Sankalp rally in Nalbari on Sunday, Shah took digs at the Congress.

“Can Congress and Badruddin Ajmal keep Assam free from infiltration? If they come to power, they will open all gates to welcome them, because it is their vote bank,” he said.

Only the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi can protect the state from infiltration from the neighbouring country, Shah said in his first election rally in poll-bound Assam.

The Congress has formed Grand Alliance with AIUDF, CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML) and Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) to fight the upcoming Assembly election, likely to be held in March-April. For months there was suspense on whether the Congress would align with the AIUDF, which has its support base among Bengali Muslims. A section of the Congress was opposed to the alliance as they believed it could harm their prospects among the Assamese voters.

This is Shah’s second visit to the state in successive months. Other top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President JP Nadda have also addressed rallies in different regions of Assam this month with the former handing out land pattas to indigenous landless people in Upper Assam’s historic Jerenga Pathar and Nadda visiting Barak Valley, the Bengali-speaking pocket in Southern Assam.

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Meanwhile, in Nalbari, attacking the Congress, Shah said,”Congress continued the British policy of divide and rule. They created a divide between Adivasis and non-Adivasis, Assamese people and hill peoples, Bodos and non-Bodos. He said how the Congress rule in the state gave only bloodshed, in which thousands of youths lost their lives.

“In 20 years there was only bloodshed and 10,000 Assamese youths were killed by bullets fired by the Congress.”

Assam was mostly under the Congress rule since the tumultuous 1970s as it faced anti-foreigners movement, insurgency and recently the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act which the local organisations believed nullifies the promises of the 1985 Assam Accord.

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Two new political parties, the Assam Jatiya Parishad and Raijor Dal have been newly formed by activists leading the anti-CAA protests.

“The Congress fired bullets at the youth of Assam,” Shah said as he took a dig at the new parties. “Those who are doing Andolan, they are cutting into BJP’s votes and helping the Congress,” he said adding that the people of Assam should be able to identify those helping the Congress in disguise.

Appealing to the people to vote for the BJP, Shah said it is the Narendra Modi government which can promise “corruption free, foreigner free, terror free and pollution free” Assam. He also said the government was working on solving the annual flood problems.

Shah also slammed the Congress for its constant criticism that the BJP is a communal front and said,”Congress alleges us to be communal, but it has allied with Muslim League in Kerala and AIUDF in Assam.

“One thing is sure, Assam is not safe in the hands of Congress and AIUDF”.

Earlier, the Union Home Minister attended the first anniversary celebrations of the Bodo Territorial Region Accord in Kokrajahar earlier in the day and said the pact was the beginning of the end of the insurgency in the Northeast.

(With inputs from PTI)



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