Congress president Rahul Gandhi today (Feb 26) promised to restore Special Status for Assam if it is vote to power at the Centre in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The Congress president said this while addressing a public rally at the Veterinary College playground in Khanapara, Guwahati, as he kickstarted the party’s election campaign in Assam.
“The Congress party had accorded Special Status to Assam. But Narendra Modi and the BJP took it away from Assam. I promise we will restore Special Status for Assam when we come back to power,” Rahul Gandhi announced.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on February 26 asserted that his party will protect the culture, history and language of the Northeast if voted to power. Kicking off the poll campaign in Assam, Gandhi attacked the BJP and the RSS, accusing them of “burning” every state in the region.
“The BJP-RSS ideology is burning every state in the northeast. They are attacking your lifestyle, culture, language and history…,” he said.
Gandhi exuded confidence that the Congress will come to power at the Centre and work towards protecting the identity of the region.
He also promised to restore ‘special status’ to Assam and bring back the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP).
“BJP snatched away the rights of the people of the northeast. We’ll do everything to restore them,” he asserted. Expressing grief over the recent hooch tragedy in Assam’s tea belt, the Congress chief said, “Narendra Modi made big announcements for tea gardens, but did nothing. We will guarantee minimum wage to every estate worker.”