Assam Congress accuses Himanta Biswa Sarma of false claims 

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee has alleged that the claims made by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of not receiving any request for “permission” for Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra are false. 

| Updated: 12 January, 2024 4:00 pm IST
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Guwahati: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee has alleged that the claims made by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of not receiving any request for “permission” for Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra are false.

The Leader of Opposition and Senior Congress leader Debabrata Saikia revealed exclusive data to The New Indian and said, “Assam CM said that APCC has not applied for any permission. The CM has stated it wrongly as we have applied in Sivasagar, Majuli, and other districts, we have applied as per government-mandated fees. Yesterday, I asked Sivasagar district if approval has not yet been made from the top. I request the Assam CM to give us the necessary permission.”

The data shows different receipts and permission letters to the Assam government by the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee for the upcoming Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra where Rahul Gandhi is going to lead. The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee applied to the Political department in Sivasagar district seeking permission for special events under 144 CrPc. The application is in the name of Saurav Dutta requesting permission for a rally, meeting, and cultural show on 18th January in the Amguri area of Sivasagar district. Dutta also has a money receipt of 2000 rupees issued by the Assam Police.

According to the leader of the Opposition, Debabrata Saikia, a person from the Titabor area of Jorhat, Mukib Zamal Ahmed has asked for “permission for special events” from the Jorhat District administration. The acknowledgement receipt has also an attached money receipt of 80 rupees. However, all the receipts and challan shared by the leader of the Opposition, Debabrata Saikia on the same date that is 11th January, the same day Himanta Biswa Sharma claimed not to have received any request for Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

Meanwhile, in a press conference held in Guwhati waon 11th January, the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma said “We welcome all tourists whether it’s Nyay or Anyay (injustice), whoever comes to Assam, will be welcomed by everyone as a tourist. But politically what BJP will respond is the parties matter. The Assam government has nothing to do with this. If they ask, the Assam government will give permission but we are just hearing about it. Early in the morning, I asked the chief secretary about it but he has not received any acknowledgement yet.”

“Over 70 lakhs tourists have come, if more come, it’s good. They can stay in the playground and Nehru stadium. They have to skip schools and Guwahati city. They can’t go via the city but go through the National Highway so that traffic jams can be avoided as we have medical colleges here. We can’t allow anyone to go via Guwahati city. From Dispur to Jalukbari, we can’t allow you to go. We can’t permit it while school is ongoing. Any tourists who come, we will welcome them as tourists.” Sarma added.

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