Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s ambitious ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’, a 6,713-km-long march across 15 states, entered Assam on Thursday from Nagaland. The yatra, which began from Manipur on January 14, aims to highlight the issues of farmers, youth, women, and the poor, and demand justice from the central government.
Gandhi resumes journey from Nagaland
Gandhi resumed his journey in a bus from Tuli in Nagaland in the early morning and reached Assam around 9:45 am. He was received by hundreds of party workers at Haluwating in Sivasagar district, where the national flag was handed over to Assam Congress leaders for the eight-day journey in the state. Gandhi waved at the cheering crowd and thanked them for their support.
Gandhi slams BJP government in Assam
Gandhi addressed a public meeting at Haluwating, where he slammed the BJP government in Assam for its “corruption, misrule, and betrayal” of the people. He said that the BJP has failed to protect the rights, culture, and identity of the Assamese people, and has instead imposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) on them. He also accused the BJP of snatching away the land and resources of the state and handing them over to a few industrialists.
Gandhi said that the Congress, on the other hand, has always stood by the people of Assam and has fulfilled its promises. He said that the Congress will implement the Assam Accord, which was signed by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985, and will ensure that the state gets its due share of development and welfare. He also said that the Congress will provide a minimum income guarantee of Rs 6,000 per month to every poor family in the state, and will create employment opportunities for the youth.
Gandhi interacts with tea workers, students, and farmers
Gandhi also interacted with various sections of the society during his yatra in Assam. He visited a tea garden in Sivasagar and met the tea workers, who are among the most exploited and marginalized communities in the state. He listened to their grievances and assured them of better wages, health care, and education. He also praised their contribution to the economy and culture of the state and the country.
Gandhi also visited a college in Sivasagar and interacted with the students and teachers. He discussed the issues of education, employment, and innovation with them. He said that the Congress will invest in the education sector and will provide scholarships, loans, and training to the students. He also said that the Congress will promote scientific temper and encourage research and development in the state.
Gandhi also met the farmers and the members of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a peasant organization that has been leading the anti-CAA protests in the state. He expressed his solidarity with the farmers and said that the Congress will repeal the three farm laws that have been imposed by the BJP government. He said that the Congress will ensure that the farmers get a fair price for their produce and have access to credit, insurance, and markets. He also said that the Congress will protect the land rights of the farmers and will not allow any forcible acquisition or eviction.
Gandhi to continue yatra till January 25
Gandhi will continue his yatra in Assam till January 25, covering various districts and constituencies. He will also address rallies, hold roadshows, and meet party workers and leaders during his visit. He will also visit the Kamakhya temple, a famous pilgrimage site in Guwahati, and seek blessings for his yatra.
The ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ is planned to cover 110 districts in 15 states and will culminate on March 20 in Mumbai. The yatra is seen as a major outreach campaign by the Congress ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in several states, including Assam, where the party is hoping to regain power after five years.