Guwahati: Firebrand peasant leader and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) adviser Akhil Gogoi slammed Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and said that the latter is a “chamcha (spooning or sycophancy) of Nagpur”.
“He (Sonowal) is called as the ‘Jatiya Nayak’ but the people of Assam has finally realized that he is a ‘chamcha’ of Nagpur (read: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh),” said Gogoi while speaking to a local TV channel on Tuesday.
On Monday, Gogoi “warned and challenged” Sonowal-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in Assam and said that October 23 Assam Bandh will be observed successfully across the state.
Over 60 organisations have called for 12-hour statewide bandh on Tuesday in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 and the November 17 convention organized by organisations representing Bengali Hindus in the state in support of the Bill.
“As per the instruction of the state government, the police is after my life. They (police) are following me since morning. A team of police even gheraoed me near the Latasil Playground. But somehow, I escaped from there,” he added.
Gogoi also said that the “successful” Assam bandh on Tuesday is a “slap” on the face of the “Sonowal’s government”.
“Today’s bandh is not a warning to the State Government. It is a tight slap on their face. The people of the state have now realized that their identity is at threat under the present BJP-led government in Assam. The BJP is hell-bent on bringing the Hindu Bangladeshis to make the country a Hindu nation,” he said.
Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said that as per the order of the Gauhati High Court, calling of bandh is illegal. It may be mentioned that the Gauhati High Court banned bandh terming it unconstitutional and illegal (The Assam Prevention of Unconstitutional Bandh Act 2013) following the Supreme Court’s verdict in Communist Party of India vs. Bharat Kr (19981 SCC 201) case.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship.