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'Such Naxalite Tactics Alien To Our Culture': Assam CM Sarma Directs Police To Register Case Against Rahul Gandhi For Provoking Crowd

Kuldeep Negi

Jan 23, 2024, 02:07 PM | Updated 02:07 PM IST

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has ordered the state police to register a case against Rahul Gandhi for provoking the crowd during guidelines during Congress' Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.

After being stopped from entering Guwahati on Tuesday (23 January), which triggered protests from Congress workers who broke barricades and raised slogans, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "We have broken barricades, but will not break the law".

The police, which had set up barricades at two places to prevent the Yatra from entering the city limits, had to use force to stop the Congress workers.

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Addressing the supporters, Gandhi said while BJP president J P Nadda took the same route, they were not allowed to travel on it.

"You should not think we are weak. We have broken the barricades," he told his workers and supporters, calling them "babbar sher" (lion). 

In a post on X, Congress youth wing President Srinivas BV alleged that Assam government was trying to create hurdles in Rahul Gandhi's Yatra.

Responding to Congress Youth Wing President's tweet, the Assam CM wrote,"These are not part of Assamese culture. We are a peaceful state. Such “naxalite tactics” are completely alien to our culture. I have instructed Assam Police DGP to register a case against your leader Rahul Gandhi for provoking the crowd and use the footage you have posted on your handles as the evidence".

"Your unruly behaviour and violation of agreed guidelines have resulted in a massive traffic jam in Guwahati now," he added.

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Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.

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