GUWAHATI: Congress said they will make the Citizenship (Amendment) Act an election issue ahead of next year’s assembly polls and promised to withdraw all cases against activists who took part in the agitation within one week, if it came to power.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president
announced on Thursday that if the Congress forms the government in the state next year, all cases against anti-CAA activists will be withdrawn within a week.
“If Congress forms the government in Assam in 2021, about which we are confident, all cases pending against the youths, students and other organizations in relation to the anti-CAA agitations will be withdrawn. All cases will be withdrawn within a week of taking charge,” Bora told the reporters.
He said in the state, where the previous governments had withdrawn many heinous charges against extremists, the cases pending against the anti-CAA activists can be easily withdrawn. “Participating in the anti-CAA agitations was not a heinous crime,” he said.
Meanwhile, anti-CAA activist and popular singer
on Thursday broke his silence over the speculation doing the rounds that he was coming close to the ruling BJP-led coalition and said he would start agitation again. “I will do my duty towards the Assamese community. If they (government) bring CAA, I will stage agitation again. Only problem is that we cannot throng the streets to protest at present (due to the pandemic),” said Zubeen.
He ruled out the allegations that an offer had come from the state government to make him the brand ambassador of agriculture. “The state government has not given me the proposal to become the brand ambassador of agriculture. The agriculture department only wants me to promote agriculture. That’s all,” he said.
Controversies erupted after Zubeen, despite being at loggerheads with the BJP-led government over differences on CAA, recently met chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and later agriculture minister Atul Bora, which was heavily criticized by many from the political and apolitical organizations.
Agriculture minister Bora, after coordial discussions with Zubeen, even said that he wants the famed singer-musician to be the brand ambassador to promote the state's agri sector.