Published On: Fri, Mar 19th, 2021

BJP promoting hatred, Congress will repeal CAA: Rahul Gandhi

Guwahati: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused the BJP of “promoting hatred to divide society” and reiterated that if his party is voted to power in Assam it would ensure that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is not enforced in the state.

One force in Nagpur that is trying to control the entire country

Addressing election rallies and participating in various poll related events, including interaction with college students in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in eastern Assam, Gandhi said the Bharatiya Janata Party is spreading hatred to create divisions among people and in the society. “Nafrat (hatred) would increase unemployment. If joblessness increased, the ‘Nafrat’ would also amplify. Congress always curbs ‘Nafrat’, but BJP tried to boost it,” said Gandhi, who from Friday began his two-day election campaign in Assam.

Claiming that there is “one force in Nagpur that is trying to control the entire country”, the Congress leader urged the youth to “resist this attempt with love and confidence as they happen to be the future of the country”.

The former Congress President and Lok Sabha member is scheduled to release the party’s election manifesto in poll-bound Assam on Saturday.

He said that if the Congress came to power at the Centre in the next elections, the party led government would nullify the CAA. “20 years ago Assam was hit by violence, but after the Congress came into the state government it at once ensured peace, harmony and development. BJP ka kaam hai todna, hamaara kaam hai jodna (BJP’s task is to divide but our job is to unite people),” Gandhi said.

He asserted that Assam’s resources and wealth must be utilised for the benefit of the Assamese. He asked the people: “Can you name a scheme started by the BJP? The Congress government in Chhattisgarh promised to waive off farm loans and our government did it very rapidly. We have a record of not making fake and empty promises. The Congress gives guarantees and fulfils this without wasting much time. The priority of the party if voted to power would be to first fill up vacant posts and focus on sectors like health and education for creating new jobs. The BJP is creating a big problem privatising education. Education should not be commercialised as it is a fundamental right of the people.”

Gandhi said that there are certain sectors for privatisation, but not the education and health sectors.

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