Hectic canvassing by political parties is on in 47 assembly constituencies in Upper Assam and North Assam which go to polls on March 27 in the first phase of Assam Assembly Election 2021.
Districts in Upper Assam had witnessed widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in the winter of 2019-20.
The opposition parties are looking to turn the emotive citizenship issue into a major poll plank, much to the discomfort of the ruling BJP.
At a rally in Tezpur on Tuesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra launched a scathing attack on BJP and promised voters that her party will not implement CAA if voted to power.
“Home Minister Amit Shah talks of implementing CAA-NRC in the whole country but doesn’t talk about it when he comes to Assam. The BJP and RSS want to crush the identity of Assam,” Priyanka Gandhi Vadra told the public at the poll rally.
The Congress-led grand alliance or the mahajot is pushing hard to fan anti-CAA sentiments to corner the BJP in the campaign. The Congress has also launched a campaign song to remind voters about anti-CAA protests that rocked the state in the winters of 2019-20.
The Congress is also banking on the angst among people over the gigantic Supreme Court-monitored NRC exercise.
Even Assam agitation martyr Baijanti Devi’s family in Tezpur’s Chandmari area has members in the D-voter list with disputed nationality.
India Today TV met Tanka Prasad Upadhyay, a distant relative of the family. “BJP had come to power promising to drive out all illegal immigrants; that promise is yet to be fulfilled. The CAA will make all those who have come after 1971 legal citizens while genuine ones will be counted as D-voters,” he said.
News Source: India Today