Bodoland People’s Front joins, Congress led Grand Alliance

The Hagrama Mohillary-led Bodoland People’s Front on Sunday joined the Congress-led Grand Alliance in Guwahati.

Addressing, the Grand Alliance Press Conference, President, APCC, Ripun Bora, welcomed Chairperson, Bodoland People’s Front, Hagrama Mohilary to the Mahajot and iterated, the importance of an inclusive alliance to the Press, affirming, “The Congress Mahajot has increased its strength as our old friends, the Bodoland People’s Front join us. Assam’s destiny is about to change for the better. Many tributaries join together to make a strong river and the Congress-led Mahajot gets one more partner, the BPF, adding to the AGM, AIUDF, CPI, CPI (M), and the CPI (ML). The Asom Basaon Ahok Yatra, has had such a massive impact across the state that our friends, the Bodoland People’s Front, could see which way the wind is blowing. Congress is coming and we are proud to partner with the BPF. We will aim to go faster, stronger, higher! For Assam, for the people - Congress is coming to power on 2nd May 2021. In every corner of Assam, trust means Congress and we are grateful for the renewed faith Hagrama Mohillary has shown in the Congress.”

The BPF has in the past tried to assert the integrity of the indigenous land, only to be let down by the Ruling Government, stated Congress in a press statement.

The BPF has maintained its stronghold in the Bodoland Territorial Region which won 12 seats in the 2016 Assembly Elections. For the 2021 elections, the BPF can clearly see the wind blowing in Congress’ direction and believes that for the betterment of the people of Bodoland, they must be a part of the winning alliance, the press statement claimed.

Chairperson, Bodoland People’s Front, Hagrama Mohilary, firmly declared to the Press, “The people of Assam are struggling with rampant inflation and mass unemployment, along with which, the insensitive BJP government is imposing the anti-people CAA law. The people are so fed up that they are chanting ‘Assam Bachao’. For these reasons I too, believe, that Congress can give Assam better governance. The BPF has joined the Congress-led Mahajot, because there was a demand for it, from the people of Bodoland. The people can see the BJP has become unpopular and is being routed this election. The Mahajot is coming to power and the BPF, with them. We have seen public sentiment across Assam, change in favour of Congress, over the last few weeks. Securing the best for the people of Bodoland, need the BPF to be part of the winning alliance.”

Secretary AICC, Anirudh Singh firmly said, “The idea of the Mahajot is to represent the diversity of Assam, and the Congress welcomes BPF in this mission. United we stand,as the BPF joins the Congress-led Mahajot, the aspirations of the people of Assam are about to find voice and shape in the form of a Mahajot Government. The Bodoland People’s Front also agrees, the best party to lead the state, to maintain peace and bring prosperity, is the Congress. When we said the Congress is going to win 101 seats, people said we don’t even have a Bodo ally. Now we do, and Assam’s destiny is about to change for the better. The AICC warmly welcomes HagramaMohilary to the Mahajot.”

All members of the Congress-led Grand Alliance were present at the Press Conference.

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Assam Congress launches state-wide agitation against BJP’s Petrol Tax Loot

Providing stellar momentum to its state-wide campaign, the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee on Sunday, launched agitations across all districts to protest against the stupendous petrol price hike.

Displaying phenomenal co-ordination, top Congress leaders including former Union Minister and AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, APCC Chief Ripun Bora, Campaign Committee Chairman Pradyut Bordoloi, Manifesto Committee Chairman Gaurav Gogoi, CLP leader Debabrata Saikia, Publicity Committee Chairman Rakibul Hussain and All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev led the protests from different districts across the State.

“The base price of petrol is Rs 33.46 per litre and that of diesel is Rs 31.82 per litre. However, the common man is forced to pay Rs 87 per litre for petrol and Rs 82 per litre for diesel in Assam. The BJP is simply looting the people at the name of taxes,” said Ripun Bora while addressing the protests in Hojai.

“Why is the BJP Govt hiding the knowledge of price control policies for price rise from the public? Why not come out clean and let people know why are decisions being enforced on them?” Bora asked in a Tweet.

Pradyut Bordoloi also took pot-shots at the Sonowal government that increased the price of Petrol and Diesel disproportionately in Assam.

“I would simply like to ask BJP Govt- on what basis does it decide the petroleum prices every day? What is the explanation for subjecting people of Assam to this cruelty,” asked Bordoloi, in his Tweet.

“BJP Govt is mercilessly looting the public with hiked fuel prices- especially during a raging pandemic! On behalf of the people of Assam, I want to ask why this hike in petrol & diesel prices when international crude oil prices are low,” said Gogoi in his Tweet.

“The common man is burdened by price rise, so will the BJP Govt clarify whom it is busy levying tax for? Who is this govt favouring at the expense of making people suffer so much,” asked Debabrata Saikia in a tweet.

“My straightforward question to BJP Govt is- why this apathetic attitude specifically towards Assam & other north east states, where fuel prices are higher compared to other parts of the country! Why this step motherly treatment towards us,” asked Publicity Committee Chairman Rakibul Hussain while addressing the protest.

“The so called 'double engine' BJP Govts are fooling the people of Assam. Reducing Rs 5 on Petrol-Diesel just before elections in Assam is a hoax! Reality is the Modi Govt at the Centre has increased tax to favour their Corporate friends,” said Sushmita Dev, while addressing the protest.

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, while expressing their concerns, questioned the incumbent Party as to, why it is not providing relief to consumers and rapidly increasing excise duty, why are facts of BJP’s economic policies in the State, not made transparent to the public?

“First BJP inflicts abject price rise on the people of Assam, then continues to hike fuel prices to deepen the blow- is this remotely worthy of being called governance? Why is BJP torturing the common man so bluntly,” asked Media and Communication Chief Abdul Khaleque in a tweet.

Expressing solidarity with the Congress-led agitations, the common people also raised placards with thematic coherence throughout the state. The people questioned the BJP about its indifference towards the plight of the people, adding to their abject misery under the saffron rule.

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Congress seeks blessings of Srimanta Sankardeva as party launched ‘Axom Basaon Ahok Jatra’

The Congress on Friday sounded the poll bugle in Assam by commencing ‘Axom Basaon Ahok’ (Let’s Save Assam) from Bordowa Thaan, the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardeva, the 15the century saint whose social reforms symbolizes the syncretic culture of Assamese society.

Lok Sabha MP and Congress Campaign Committee Chairman, Pradyut Bordoloi began his Yatra after paying his respects at the from Bordowa Thaan.

All India Congress Committee General Secretary Jitendra Singh, In charge Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Ripun Bora, Congress Manifesto Committee Chairman Gaurav Gogoi, party’s Publicity Committee Chairman Rakibul Hussain and former minister Gautam Bora flagged off the Yatra.

“We will reach-out to every house hold through this yatra and appeal to every person to support Congress party to save Assam from being destroyed by the BJP and its cronies’. We will interact with diverse sections of the society to understand their issues and problems,” said Bordoloi while talking to reporters at Bordowa Thaan.

“The aim of this Yatra is to listen to every section of the society: poor, women, youth, unemployed and people from every walk of life. Many sections of the society are coming forward to share their issues and concerns with the Congress party through this Yatra,” said Jitendra Singh, the AICC General Secretary incharge for Assam.

“The BJP has failed on its 2016 promise to protect community, identity and honour of Assam. The Congress government under leadership of Tarun Gogoi had worked really hard to bring stability and peace in Assam. The BJP wants to push Assam into turbulence through their divisive agenda but we will not let it happen,” said APCC President Ripun Bora.

The problems being highlighted by people through this campaign will be used by party’s manifesto Committee headed by Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi. Addressing the gathering at launch of Yatra, Gogoi asserted that all round development, the hallmark of Tarun Gogoi's tenure, will be back in the State as Congress forms the next government.

“The people of Assam have been put to torture by the BJP government on economic, sociological and environment front. We will listen to everyone through this yatra and ensure every section of the society is taken along the path of peace and prosperity again,” said Gaurav Gogoi.

Congress Legislature party leader Debabrata Saikia also launched the second Yatra from the historic town of Sivasagar, the seat of power of the glorious Ahoms. In the battle to reclaim Assamese culture and identity from the clutches of the BJP, the Congress Legislature Party leader started his journey from the Piyoli Phukan memorial, the legendary and heroic fighter who fought against British rule. Speaking to media, Saikia said the people of Assam will give a befitting reply to the BJP’s sectarian and communal politics

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APCC launches massive social media campaign ahead 2021 polls

The Congress Social Media Department has launched a massive social media warrior identification and engagement drive nationally. On Tuesday, APCC had launched the same in Assam.

State President Ripun Bora, MP Gaurav Gogoi and Pranav Vachharajanj held a press conference in Rajiv Bhawan, Guwahati in this regard. “We are building a platform which will be open to people from all walks of life from across the country irrespective of age, gender, class or caste,” said Ripun Bora.

Bora also stated that the Congress party recognizes that it is time to come together and defend the idea of India. “In Assam specifically, we have seen our identity, culture and language come under attack through the dangerous CAA introduced by the BJP. Our secular fabric has been ripped apart by divisive forces. As a society, we must step up and fight for our democratic, secular and just republic of India. We invite people from all over to come to join us in the initiative to save the country from the autocratic govt,” added Bora.

As per a press statement, APCC hopes to create an army of social media warriors that will help save the country from the narrative of hate & intolerance spread by the BJP, their IT cell and alleged Godi Media.

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Badarpur MLA Jamal Uddin Ahmed & former MLA Aroti Hazarika Kachari passed away

APCC President Ripun Bora expressed deep grief over the sudden demise of both the leaders

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Ripun Bora mourns the death of MLA Jamal Uddin Ahmed of Badarpur Assembly Constituency and former MLA Aroti Hazarika Kachari on Wednesday.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of two senior Congress leaders on the same day. Their untimely death is a great loss to the Congress party as well as to the social and political sector of Assam," he said in a press statement.

The President conveyed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families of both the senior leaders saying, “May they remain strong in this difficult time”.

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Congress supports farmer’s call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8

Guwahati: The Indian National Congress stands solidly behind the farmers and wholeheartedly supports their call for 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8.

Speaking about the same, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President, Ripun Bora took to Twitter saying, “The time has come to tell government enough is enough and that it will HAVE TO take back the three murderous farm laws that have brought the farmers on streets.”

Earlier, in a press statement, APCC stated that each and every member of the block Congress committees will be supporting the ‘Bharat Bandh’ tomorrow.

Meanwhile, INC leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted saying, “‘अदानी-अंबानी कृषि क़ानून’ रद्द करने होंगे।

और कुछ भी मंज़ूर नहीं!  The ‘Adani-Ambani Farm Laws’ have to be revoked. Nothing less is acceptable.”

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APCC lodges FIR against Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in Guwahati

Guwahati: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) files FIR against State Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his remark on social media where he allegedly claimed that at Silchar Airport some persons shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ while welcoming AIUDF supremo Maulana Badruddin Ajmal last Saturday.

The FIR was lodged at Bhangagarh Police Station in Guwahati.

In the FIR copy, Ranjan Bora, General Secretary, on behalf of the APCC, said, “The accused person made certain remarks on social media with an intention to create religious tension between two communities of the state through a misleading statement and false Facebook post. He claimed that at Silchar Airport some persons shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ while welcoming a political leader. Subsequently, the said Facebook post was flagged by the Facebook authorities as the third-party fact-checkers found the content of the post to be false and fake. The said accused person has a habit of making communally sensitive remarks and in the present case, he has made such remarks with an intention to promote enmity between different communities which has the potential to create disharmony between different groups. The accused person by uttering those false statements has committed offence under Section 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code.”

Notably, APCC in the above letter referred Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as the accused person.

GS Bora also urged Bhangagarh Police to arrest Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma under section 153(A) of the IPC and also under section 67 of the Information Technology Act.

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Congress expels MLA Rajdeep Gowala and ex-MLA Rumi Nath for anti party activities

Guwahati: Based on a complaint of BCC President Salchapra, BCC President Borkhola, Head of Frontal Organisations of the Salchapra and Borkhola BCC and some other prominent Congress Workers from Borkhola LAC and DCC President Cachar regarding anti-party activity of Dr. Rumi Nath, Ex-MLA Borkhola LAC, a show cause letter was issued to Dr. Rumi Nath to show cause as to why disciplinary action not to be taken against her for her very serious anti party activity of hobnobbing with BJP.

In the expulsion letter by Ranjan Bora, General Secretary, APCC has informed that Rumi Nath’s reply to the show cause letter was found not at all satisfactory.

Moreover, her reply to deny the charges is not at all sufficient to substantiate her claim. As such Ripun Bora, MP, President, APCC has approved the expulsion of Dr. Rumi Nath, Ex-MLA from the Primary Membership of Indian National Congress for six (6) years for her gross anti-party activities. This has come into force with immediate effect.

In another instance, All India Congress Committee has also approved the proposal of the expulsion of MLA Rajdeep Gowala for the term of six years.

He was allegedly indulging in anti-party activities, stated KC Venugopal, General Secretary, All India Congress Committee.

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Assam Congress condemns Govt's crackdown on protesters

Guwahati: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee vehemently condemned CM Sonowal-led BJP Government and Assam Police for allegedly injuring their leaders and arresting them while they were staging a democratic protest at the Congress office in Dispur this morning.

The Congress leaders under the aegis of APCC president Ripun Bora staged a massive protest in connection to question paper leak of SI (UB) Recruitment Exam.

The three injured Congress spokespersons were identified as Prafulla Kumar Das, Imdad Hussain and Sonju Baruah.

Later, they were shifted to Hayat Hospital for better treatment.

Notably, around 400 Congress workers along with APCC president Ripun Bora were arrested today. They were then shifted to 10th Assam Police Battalion Camp.

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SI Examination Scam: APCC stages massive protest in Guwahati

Guwahati: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) launched a massive protest in connection to question paper leak of the SI (UB) Recruitment Exam near Manobendra Sarma Complex here in Guwahati’s Dispur area.

The protest rally was held under the aegis of APCC president Ripun Bora.

Meanwhile, several protesters have been detained by Dispur police.

APCC

It is to be noted that so far 19 persons were arrested so far in connection with the leakage of question paper of written examination of SI(UB) by CID, Assam, City Crime Branch and Nalbari Police.

Earlier, Congress president Ripun Bora had demanded a CBI inquiry regarding the SI examination scam.

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