Rahul sees Assam relapsing into violence

GUWAHATI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said Assam might return to the path of violence due to policies of the BJP governments at the Centre and the state. Gandhi, who was addressing a public rally here, said the spirit of Assam Accord which brought peace to the state, should not be ruined. “I fear Assam is returning to the path of violence because of the BJP’s policies,” he said, referring to the amended Citizenship Act. He said the BJP and the RSS would not be allowed to attack the culture, language and identity of Assam and the Northeast. “Assam can never progress with hatred and violence. Everyone has to come together and tell the BJP leaders that they can’t attack the culture, language, identity and history of the state,” Gandhi added. Attacking the government over the issue of the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said these exercises will be more disastrous than the note ban in November 2016. The basic idea of these exercises is to ask all poor people whether they are Indian or not, he told reporters on the sidelines of the flag-hoisting ceremony at the AICC headquarters here on the occasion of 135th foundation day of the party. “His (Prime Minister NarendraModi) 15 friends will not have to show any document and the money generated will go into the pockets if those 15 people,” he said, referring to his allegation that the government was working for the benefit of “15 crony capitalists”. “This will be more disastrous for people than demonetisation. This will have twice the impact of demonetisation,” he said.–Agencies