Rahul Gandhi calls Assam Government “most corrupt”: FIR against Rahul Gandhi and the Bharat Yatra organizers

Rahul Gandhi calls Assam Government “most corrupt”: FIR against Rahul Gandhi and the Bharat Yatra organizers

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The Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, headed by Congressman Rahul Gandhi and lead organizer K.B. Byju, has been the subject of a formal complaint filed with the Jorhat Sadar Police Station in Assam for allegedly straying from the approved route through Jorhat town. According to PTI, the FIR states that the yatra broke traffic safety laws and did not adhere to district administration policies. The success of the yatra frightened the Bharatiya Janata Party, which is why this FIR was filed, Assam’s opposition leader Debabrata Saikia told PTI. “There was no police manning the traffic diversion at the PWD point. The assigned route was too small and we had a huge gathering. So, we took a detour for just a few metres. Himanta Biswa Sarma is scared of the Yatra’s success on the first day (in Assam) and now wants to derail it,” he said.

“Assam’s Government is the most corrupt”- Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi had heavily criticised the Sarma-led BJP government, calling it “perhaps the most corrupt government in India”. Addressing party workers at Halowating in Sivasagar district, he had said, “Perhaps, the most corrupt government in India is in Assam. We will raise the issues of Assam during the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.”

“This is not Nyay Yatra,it’s Miya yatrat” – Assam Government

In retaliation, Sarma claimed that the Gandhi family was the most corrupt. His reply carried connotations of communalism as well, stating that the yatra was intended only for “Miyas,” or Bengali Muslims residing in Assam. “The Gandhi family is the most corrupt family in the country. This is not ‘Nyay Yatra, it’s ‘Miya Yatra’. Wherever there are Muslims, they visit those places,” he said. Speaking to reporters, Jorhat Superintendent of Police Mohan Lal Meena said, “Taking suo motu cognisance, a case has been registered against a few people in connection with the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.”

About the Bharat Nyaya Jodo Yatra

The east-west yatra, which will cover almost 6,700 miles, is the biggest mass outreach initiative of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. It began in Thoubal, Manipur, on January 14 and will conclude on March 20 or 21 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. As the yatra entered its sixth day on Friday, Rahul Gandhi along with other yatra members took a ferry to the largest river island, Majuli.

The party released an image capturing Rahul, accompanied by fellow Congress leaders and workers, navigating the Brahmaputra on a boat. The march is expected to continue through January 25 in Assam, travelling 833 km over 17 districts.

By: Gursharan Kaur

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