NEW DELHI, Jan 24 - Blasting Sarbananda Sonowal-led State Government for unnecessarily pushing the State into chaos, former Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said that the Congress Party was coordinating with Opposition parties to defeat the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
Addressing a press conference here today, Gogoi revealed that he has already met AICC leader, Ahmed Patel, general secretaries Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad regarding the possible floor coordination in the House.
He said that the Congress Party�s strategy is clear and they are determined to oppose it. The Bill also goes against the principles of the Congress Party. �Some members may have different opinion about the Bill but everyone has to tow the party-line,� he stressed.
Meanwhile, the political equation is fast changing in the national capital with more parties voicing the opposition to the Bill. A senior leader of an Opposition political party said they are planning to stall the Bill in the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting on January 31.
Meanwhile, Gogoi was also critical of Chief Minister and State minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma. Gogoi described the entire drama connected with the Bill as vote bank politics. �They are trying to take vote through anti-constitutional measures,� he said.
�The entire process will affect the NRC exercise and the Assam Accord will be meaningless. The NRC exercise and even the Assam Accord will go in vain,� he reiterated. �This is an unnecessary Bill and nobody will be benefitted,� he said.
�Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sarbananda Sonowal are vying with each other to grab the attention of the Central leadership. Both are selfish and they are trying to sell the entire community,� he said.
Describing Himanta Biswa Sarma as a new age �Hitler� he said that even Congress used to face opposition but had never enacted such tactics to suppress the people.
The former Chief Minister also dismissed Sarma�s claim of trying to save 17 seats, pointing out that Assam doesn�t need Bangladeshi oxygen to survive. �He is now trying to saviour of Bengali Hindus but when he was in Congress he tried to topple my government with the help of Muslim MLAs,� said Gogoi.
Predicting a defeat of the BJP in the election, Gogoi said that in the last election Congress secured 31 per cent vote share while BJP vote share was 29 per cent.