Himanta Biswa Sarma rebuts claims of paid crowd at BJP peace rallies


GUWAHATI, Dec 29: The BJP has rebutted allegations of using money to pull people to the “peace and progress” rallies the party and its alliance partners have been organizing across Assam. NEDA chairman and Assam Finance, Health and PWD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, while addressing people at Sualkuchi today, countered every allegation claiming that people have joined the rally in large numbers to repose their faith on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.

He also said that he will quit politics if anyone can prove that people have been paid to join the rally.

“Has anyone been paid to come and take part in the rally?” Himanta Biswa Sarma questioned as people answered in loud no’s.

“There have been accusations levelled on us of using paid crowd. I will quit politics if anyone can prove that you have been paid to come and join the rally,” he said at Sualkuchi.

He also took potshots at some artistes for allegedly using foul language during protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

“We will not take up any step that will adversely impact Assam and its people,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who also attended the 8-km-long peace and progress march, reiterated during his address.

The BJP has taken out “peace and progress” marches in various parts of Assam in the aftermath of violence during the recent protests against the amended Citizenship Act in Assam.

AGP president Atul Bora, BPF leaders, MLA and MPs of the ruling alliance along with a sea of people took part in today’s rally.