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Cong attacks BJP over communal politics

By The Assam Tribune


Silchar, March 25: Reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) allegation of Congress bonding with different political parties including AIUDF in Assam, Left parties and Abbas Siddiqui's Indian Secular Front in West Bengal, AICC National Spokesperson Sharmishta Mukherjee on Thursday said that all the non-communal parties must come together to stop the rampant communal politics of the BJP.

Talking to reporters at the Silchar District Congress office, Mukherjee, who is here for the ensuing second phase of Assembly elections on April 1 said, "BJP is the biggest threat to the nation as a communal political party and I believe all non-communal parties must join hands to stop these politics of polarisation. AIUDF, to my knowledge, has even fielded Hindu candidates whereas, there is negligible history of BJP giving tickets to the minorities and the election in Uttar Pradesh has been an instance in this regard."

Interestingly, All India Mahila Congress Chief and former Silchar MP Sushmita Dev who attended the media interaction came out with a newspaper report of Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma during his days in the Congress government and quoted him saying, "to stop the BJP which is a communal party there is no harm in joining hands with AIUDF." Dev alleged that Sarma is the same man now terming AIUDF as a communal party.

She further mentioned "if there is a hung Assembly, there is no guarantee of him not hesitating to try and bring AIUDF legislators into BJP's fold which the Congress will not allow at any cost."

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