Congress president Rahul Gandhi asserted that his party will protect the culture, history and language of the Northeast if voted to power yesterday in his rally at Khanapara, Guwahati. Kicking off the poll campaign in Assam, Rahul 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 confidently said that the Congress will come to power at the Centre and work towards protecting the identity of the region.
On the ‘special status’ category of Assam, which was withdrawn after 2014, he promised to restore the status and bring back the Northeast Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP).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.’