Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reiterated on Friday (March 19) that his party, if voted to power in Assam, would never let the Citizenship Amendment Act be implemented in the state.
Addressing a couple of election meetings in Upper Assam’s Lahowal in Dibrugarh and Dinjoy tea estate in Chabua he accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of dividing the society on communal lines.
As Tea-tribes form a formidable social group in upper Assam Rahul once again assured them that their wages would be increased to Rs 365 per day within six months of the Congress party coming to power. Without taking the name of anyone he criticised the arrest of Akhil Gogoi, the leader of Raijor Dal, who is opposing the CAA.
Rahul had made this promise in his last trip to the state in February too.
It was only on February 20 last that the Sarbananda Sonowal government increased the daily wage from Rs 167 to Rs 217 daily.
Upper Assam is crucial for both the NDA and the Congress-led 10-party Mahajot. In the last Assembly election, the BJP and its allies won 35 out of 47 seats of the region. But this time the going appears to be much tougher for the BJP and AGP in upper Assam. In lower Assam the Mahajot is likely to do much better following the joining of hands by Congress and All India United Democratic Front.
Besides the Mahajot includes the three Left parties, Bodoland People’s Front and RJD.