Former Assam chief minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said an alternative political party had become a necessity to oust the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Assam though a new political party might inflict some damage on their party as well.
“A political party has become a necessity now to oust BJP. We are not selfishly looking after our own interests because a new political party might inflict some damage on our party as well. We are trying to protect the interests of the people of Assam,” Gogoi tweeted.
Gogoi accused the Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government of backstabbing the people of Assam and alleged that Sonowal has become a puppet to Delhi, in his greed for power.
The former Assam CM also warned that Sonowal must take steps to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and protect the indigenous people of the state if he wants to survive.
“People trusted Sonowal but he has become a puppet to Delhi, in his greed for power, he has backstabbed the people. The downfall of this Govt has started. If he wants to survive, he must take steps to withdraw CAA & protect the indigenous people of Assam,” Gogoi said in another tweet.
Gogoi further alleged that the BJP government is engaged in “show-of-strength” by organising peace rallies instead of addressing people’s demand.
“The BJP has brought the entire country on the streets and leaving the people in misery. Instead of addressing people’s demand, the Government is engaged in show-of-strength by organising peace rallies which are only an admission that because of their ruling, peace in the state is hit,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, the former CM feels that he is targetted by the ruling BJP government because of his vocal stance against the CAA. The Centre has recently scaled down Gogoi’s security cover from Z+ to Z category.
Mention may be made here that on December 22, former Assam chief minister and founder-president of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Prafulla Kumar Mahanta’s Z+ category security was also withdrawn, who is also protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).