Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday began a two-day visit to the Assam in a bid to retain power amid a keen BJP challenge ahead of the assembly elections.
At a rally in Silchar in Barak Valley in Southern Assam, Rahul said Congress wants a country where everyone’s ideas are respected. But the RSS and BJP want to impose a single ideology. Wherever BJP people go, they make one Indian fight with another. This is their only thinking.”
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Parliament, Rahul said that the PM made personal attacks against him but didn’t answer the former’s questions.
Jahan bhi ye (BJP) log jaate hain, ek hindustani ko dusre hindustani se ladaate hain, ine paas bas yahi ek soch hai: Rahul Gandhi in Silchar— ANI (@ANI_news) March 4, 2016
Har dharma,har vyakti ke vichaaron ki izzat ho.Dusri taraf RSS,BJP ke log hain jo desh par ek vichaardhaara thopna chaahte hain-Rahul Gandhi— ANI (@ANI_news) March 4, 2016
Congress is focusing on the northeastern state that is due for assembly polls and hopes to counter the RSS-backed BJP that has made inroads into Congress strongholds. The BJP had won in all the five parliamentary constituencies in the upper and northern Assam belt during the last Lok Sabha polls.
At the Public Meeting in Silchar, Cachar pic.twitter.com/HZejnKJNS1— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) March 4, 2016
This is Rahul’s second visit to the state in twenty days. He had addressed four rallies in northern Assam and in upper Assam in the third week of February. His road show in politically-crucial Sivasagar town was able to draw a huge crowd in upper Assam.
After Silchar, Rahul will visit Nagaon in central Assam.
“This time, Rahul Gandhi programme includes a roadshow in Nagaon town on Saturday. Today, apart from holding a rally, Rahul Gandhi will also meet traders’ association members, leading citizens in Silchar. In the evening, Rahul Gandhi will meet elected panchayat members of Congress in Nagaon town,” Anjan Dutta, president of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), said.
“Rahul Gandhi’s last visit to the state created a wave for Congress in upper Assam. His Silchar and Nagaon visit will create a wave for us in southern and central Assam,” Dutta added.
Dutta said the BJP is on a sticky wicket in the state and that is why the party has forged an alliance with four other parties to tackle Congress.
Congress has faced stiff challenges from both the BJP and All Indian United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in southern Assam in recent times. In last assembly elections five years ago, Congress had swept the entire Barak valley. The party had taken series of measures in recent times in the valley which has a majority of Bengali-speaking population.
In Nagaon district, which is dominated by the religious minority, Congress has lost its grip in recent years. It had won only four seats while AIUDF clinched victory in five constituencies in the last assembly polls.
Congress has claimed that this time voters in Nagaon would support Congress as AIUDF has failed to fulfill its promises to them.