Itanagar, Mar 19: Sounding the poll bugle for the forthcoming Assembly and LoK Sabha elections in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) , charging it of destroying the culture of the North Eastern (NE) region.
Addressing a public rally at Indira Gandhi park here, Mr Gandhi said that Congress will never allow the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) to be passed. The Congress president also promised to reinstate special category status, special plan assistance and North East industrial policy.
“BJP and RSS wants to impose one ideology across the country. NE has a special culture and they want to destroy it. CAB is an attack on the people of NE. We won’t allow CAB to be passed ,”he said.
On the anti-PRC (Permanent Residential Certificate) protest in which three people were killed last month, Mr Gandhi said that the issue could had been sorted out through dialogue.
“Why was it that you had to resort to firing to your own people (during PRC protest) ? Can’t we talk with our people with love. Is shooting necessary ?,” the Congress president asked the ruling BJP. Mr Gandhi said that the decision of future of Arunachal Pradesh should be taken by the people of the state.
“Arunachal’s culture, language and history is the strength of the country. The future of Arunachal Pradesh should be decided by the people of the state by themselves. Why should Delhi, Nagpur (headquarters of RSS) take the decision ?,” he asked.
Mr Gandhi also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation, GST and Rafale deal. Mr Gandhi said that if Congress comes to power, food processing plants will be built in Arunachal Pradesh and other parts of the country where farmers can directly sell their produce.
He aslo assured minimum income guarantee scheme if Congress comes to power. Arunachal Pradesh will go for simultaneous Assembly and Lok Sabha polls on April 11. Arunachal has 60 Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats. (UNI)