Assam CM Directs Police Action on Rahul Gandhi for Crowd Provocation

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In the aftermath of clashes between Congress party workers and Assam police during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Guwahati, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has instructed the state police to file a case against Rahul Gandhi for allegedly “provoking the crowd.” The Chief Minister accused the Congress leader of employing “Naxalite tactics” alien to Assamese culture. The incident occurred as around 5,000 Congress workers attempted to enter the city through Khanapara, facing resistance from the police.

On Tuesday morning, Assam police halted the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, led by Rahul Gandhi, from entering Guwahati. The Congress workers, numbering around 5,000, faced resistance and reported lathi charges, resulting in injuries. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma accused the Congress of violating Assamese culture and directed the Director General of Police to initiate legal action against Rahul Gandhi based on video evidence of the incident.

The clash follows allegations by the Congress party that the Assam government, led by Himanta Biswa Sarma, intentionally obstructed the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. The state administration denied entry to the Yatra into the city. Rahul Gandhi, addressing a gathering near the Guwahati border, emphasized that while Congress workers would not disrupt law and order, it didn’t imply weakness. He accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah of instructing the Assam CM to prevent his scheduled meeting with students.

Expressing discontent with the Yatra, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma criticized the use of such tactics, stating that Assam is a peaceful state, and Naxalite methods are foreign to its culture. He called for a legal case against Rahul Gandhi, citing video footage as evidence of provoking the crowd.

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