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Assam: Rahul Gandhi’s Allegations and Himanta Biswa Sarma’s Response

In a recent turn of events in Assam, the political landscape has been marked by heightened tensions between Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma. The catalyst for this discord is the ongoing Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi, a journey that has become a contentious issue in the state.

Rahul Gandhi, addressing a press conference, intensified his attack on Chief Minister Sarma, dubbing him as “one of the most corrupt Chief Ministers in the country.” The Congress leader alleged obstacles faced during the yatra, citing prevention from visiting temples and colleges, and clashes between Congress workers and Assam police when attempting to enter Guwahati city.

Interestingly, Rahul Gandhi’s rhetoric took an unexpected turn when he stated, “What the Assam CM is doing against the yatra is actually helping the yatra. We are getting the publicity that we may not have got otherwise.” This strategic perspective suggests that the hurdles faced by the Congress leader might be turned to political advantage, garnering attention and publicity for the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

The clash reached a new level when Himanta Biswa Sarma instructed the state Director General of Police (DGP) to register a case against Rahul Gandhi for allegedly “provoking the crowd.” Sarma, in a post on social media platform X, condemned what he referred to as “Naxalite tactics,” asserting that such methods were alien to Assam’s peaceful culture.

“These are not part of Assamese culture. We are a peaceful state. Such ‘Naxalite tactics’ are completely alien to our culture,” Sarma declared. The Chief Minister accused Rahul Gandhi of unruly behavior and violating agreed-upon guidelines, leading to a massive traffic jam in Guwahati.

The situation reflects the polarized nature of Indian politics, where verbal sparring and public clashes between political figures are not uncommon. The exchange between Rahul Gandhi and Himanta Biswa Sarma underscores the deep-seated differences between the Congress and the ruling party in Assam.

As the political drama unfolds, the citizens of Assam are left to navigate the impact of these clashes on their daily lives. The state, known for its cultural diversity and historical significance, finds itself at the center of a political storm that raises questions about the nature of political discourse and tactics employed by leaders to further their agendas.

The coming days will likely see continued scrutiny of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra and the allegations made by both sides. As the nation watches, the focus will shift between the political theater and the underlying issues that have fueled this confrontation, ultimately shaping the narrative of Assam’s political landscape.

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