GUWAHATI: In the backdrop of imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that the Narendra Modi government was going all-out to topple all Congress-ruled state governments.
“They resorted to undemocratic and unconstitutional means to topple the elected governments in Arunachal and Uttarakhand. In fact, they are doing everything possible to topple all Congress-ruled states. They would have done the same in Assam if they could,” she said at an election rally in northern Assam’s Biswanath Chariali.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had on Tuesday accused the BJP of spending crores of rupees to try and topple his government last year. He alleged that the attempt was made through former Congress Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is now with the BJP, and that Governor PB Acharya played a part in the futile attempt. In her speech, Sonia also took potshots at the Modi government for not “consulting” the governments of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh before signing the Naga Accord with the Isak-Muivah faction of insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) and for the secrecy shrouding the clauses of the Accord.
“A dangerous conspiracy is being hatched. Those who had pledged to uphold and protect the Constitution are working to dishonour it and their strings are being pulled by one organisation,” Sonia said without naming the RSS. She hit out at the NDA for its U-turn especially on issues such as the India-Bangladesh land swap deal and construction of a big dam in the state. The BJP was opposed to these ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha polls but favoured them after coming to power.
Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh rubbished Congress V-P Rahul Gandhi for his charge on Tuesday that BJP instigated violence wherever it was in power. Singh claimed it was the other way round.