‘Mafia raj’ going on in Assam: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Dhubri, May 1 (PTI) Alleging that a “mafia raj” was going on in Assam, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday claimed Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was involved in multiple scams in the state.

Addressing an election rally at Balajan in Dhubri district, she claimed Sarma has a “secret understanding” with Badruddin Ajmal of the AIUDF just like the BJP has with Assaduddin Owaisi in Telangana, both of which were aimed at defeating the Congress.

She also hit out at the BJP on the sexual abuse allegations against Karnataka MP Prajwal Revanna and said that PM Narendra Modi sought votes for him and then did not stop him from leaving the country.

“A mafia raj is going on in Assam. Mafias in land, supari, sand, coal and all other fields are operating. Everywhere extortion and mafias are functioning,” Vadra alleged.

All types of scams related to farmers’ assets, PPE kits and flyovers, among others, are taking place along with unabated cow smuggling, but only development is not happening in the state, she added.

Vadra said there were big allegations against Sarma when he was with Congress, but he got himself “cleaned” in the “BJP washing machine” after switching sides.

She was campaigning for Congress MLA Rakibul Hussain, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Dhubri, a bastion of AIUDF. He is locked in a triangular contest with Ajmal and BJP-backed Asom Gana Parishad candidate Zabed Islam, a former MLA.

“BJP and AIUDF have taken local politics in a different direction. Both parties have a secret understanding and appreciate each other. Assam CM in an interview said that Badruddin wanted him to be the CM from his heart,” Vadra said.

“They did the same in Telangana too by allying with Owaisi so that they could divide Congress votes. Wherever we are strong, Badruddin has put up AIUDF candidates only because he wants the BJP to win,” she claimed.

She also asked if any developmental works have been done by Ajmal in Dhubri despite being a Lok Sabha MP three times.

“He (Ajmal) himself says that he is a businessman. He is doing only business with you, not politics and service. Wherever he is seeing a profit, he is going there,” she said, accusing Sarma of favouring Ajmal’s perfume business by tweaking state policies.

“Both PM Narendra Modi and Himanta are running governments for the billionaires. Modi, Himanta, Badruddin Ajmal — all are same. They want elections to be fought on any issue other than people’s issues,” she claimed.

Vadra also said that rising unemployment is a major issue in Assam and “the CM and his ministers are concerned only about their own interests”.

Raising the issue of women’s safety, the Congress leader said the PM was silent when the wife of an Army veteran was paraded naked in Manipur and medal-winning sportswomen alleged sexual abuse by a BJP leader.

“He talks about women’s safety, but what is happening in Karnataka? Thousands of videos emerged of a candidate, who is BJP’s partner. The PM shared the dais with the Karnataka sex scandal accused. Later, he fled from India, but Modi and Shah didn’t stop him,” she alleged.

The Congress leader also attacked the BJP on the electoral bonds issue and dubbed it a “corruption scheme” launched by Modi.

“BJP became the world’s richest party in just 10 years, but the Congress didn’t earn so much in 70 years,” she added.

She claimed that PM Modi was far away from the reality of the common people and had no understanding of their miseries as he had become egoistic.

“Modi is seen travelling around different countries across the world, but he has never visited anyone’s house in India. I challenge him if he has ever visited anyone in his own constituency in Varanasi,” Vadra said.

She claimed that only BJP leaders and their billionaire friends have progressed in the last 10 years of NDA rule.

“His ministers are announcing in villages and towns that the Constitution will be changed if the NDA comes to power this time. This Constitution gives you the right to vote and it makes all of us equal. The Constitution saves us and it corrects anything wrong,” Vadra claimed.

She alleged that PM Modi wants every election to be fought on religious lines.

“Congress brought green revolution, milk revolution, while the BJP brought hatred revolution in India,” Vadra alleged.

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