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RSS running Assam govt, Sonowal is ‘spineless’, says ex-CM Tarun Gogoi

Congress leader Tarun Gogoi said the Assam government has been made accountable to the RSS, and even the chief secretary has to update the RSS on the government’s performance.

india Updated: Aug 12, 2017 09:33 IST
Rahul Karmakar
Rahul Karmakar
Hindustan Times, Guwahati
Sarbananda Sonowal,Tarun Gogoi,Assam BJP
Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi (right) has said CM Sarbananda Sonowal (left) has allowed to RSS to run the government.(PTI)

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal is “spineless” and has allowed the RSS to run the BJP-led coalition government in the state, according to his predecessor and Congress leader Tarun Gogoi.

Gogoi’s reaction came after a meeting between Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh functionaries and state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders with Sonowal, senior ministers and government officials on Thursday evening.

“Sonowal is spineless. He does not have the power to run the government because it is has been made accountable to the RSS. Even the chief secretary has to update the RSS on the government’s performance,” Gogoi told reporters on Friday.

The former chief minister accused the RSS of ensuring an extension for chief secretary VK Pipersenia so that he can be the rightwing organisation’s “agent”.

Gogoi also criticised the Sonowal government of promoting RSS icons such as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, who he said do not ring a bell for most people in Assam.

“(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (BJP president) Amit Shah had waxed eloquent on (16th century saint-reformer Srimanta) Sankardeva and (Ahom general) Lachit Barphukan before the polls. But after forming the government, the BJP is promoting Hindutva icons who have no place in Assam,” Gogoi said.

Various organisations including the All Assam Students’ Union have panned the Sonowal government for deciding to name 22 colleges after Upadhyaya.

First Published: Aug 12, 2017 09:31 IST