On Tuesday, Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma ordered the state police to take legal action against Rahul Gandhi for “inciting the crowd” as Congress workers were prevented from entering Guwahati during the ongoing Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.
“Such ‘Naxalite tactics’ have no place in Assamese culture. We are in a state of peace and harmony. I have asked @DGPAssamPolice to file a case against your leader @RahulGandhi for stirring up the crowd & use the video you have shared on your handles as proof,” the Assam CM posted on X (formerly Twitter).
About 5,000 Congress workers, accompanied by Rahul Gandhi, attempted to enter Guwahati on Tuesday but were stopped by the police as the party resumed its main ‘Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra’ in Assam today. This led to a confrontation between the party workers and the police, who broke the police barricades. The police used batons to disperse the crowd.
Speaking to a crowd near the Guwahati border, Rahul Gandhi said his party workers would always follow the rules and maintain law and order; however, “this doesn’t mean that we are weak”.
“Assam CM, the Union Home Minister and the PM can violate the rules, but we (Congress) would never do that. However, this doesn’t mean that we are weak. Congress workers are ‘Babbar Sher’,” he said, standing on a bus.
Before heading to Guwahati, the former Congress leader claimed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Assam CM to stop him from meeting students, which was planned for today.