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GUWAHATI: Congress has questioned BJP’s “dual standard” on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), hours earlier than Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Assam on Thursday, his first after the announcement of the ballot schedule final month.
Addressing the media on the state Congress headquarters Rajiv Bhavan right here, AICC basic secretary Randeep Surjewala requested, “Why was the PM silent on the citizenship laws? He termed the CAA “a conspiracy” to get rid of the id of Assam.”
“Why do you want to harm the original identity, culture and civilization of Assam? Is Modi ji planning to implement this Act after the Bidhan Sabha election in Assam? Modi promised to implement CAA in West Bengal. On the other hand, they said their government will not implement CAA in Tamil Nadu but why is Modi ji silent in the context of Assam? Why this double standard?” Surjewala mentioned.
In a state, identified for its tradition, tolerance, moderation, goodwill and concord, he mentioned up to now 5 years, to quench their thirst for energy in Assam, not solely had BJP sown seeds of division, but in addition “attacked” the language and land of Assam via CAA.
Among the 10 questions Congress hurled at Modi, one on growth in chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s Majuli was on the high. “We remember the speech of Modiji on the world’s largest river island Majuli on March 26, 2016. He had appealed to the public to vote and they would build a bridge over the Brahmaputra. Today, we want to ask why there was no development on it. Now, on the eve of Assam assembly polls, why are they serving up lies by doing “bhoomi poojan” of the bridge from Majuli to Jorhat, which is able to price Rs 925.47 crore?” Surjewala requested.
The stories of 1,300 km of expressway on each banks of the Brahmaputra at Rs 40,000 crore raised expectations excessive among the many folks of Assam in 2017. The Congress chief, nevertheless, mentioned on February eight, the Rajya Sabha disclosed that there was no proposal to construct an expressway on the 2 banks of the Brahmaputra.
Surjewala alleged that girls’s security was compromised throughout BJP’s rule within the state. “In the entire nation now, Assam is recognized as the most unsafe place for women. In the last three years, the women of Assam have fallen prey to 80,794 cases. BJP has made Assam the hub of child trafficking. Half of this type of crime happens in Assam only. How will you answer about the crime against women?” he mentioned.
“Modiji had promised people of the state that of the 63.25 lakh rural families, 59 lakh will get water under the Jal Jeevan scheme but after three years why are 56 lakh families still deprived of this scheme?” Surjewala puzzled.


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