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�RSS rally threat to secular fabric of Assamese society�


GUWAHATI, Jan 23 - The Hindu rally organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) in the city on Sunday is a serious threat to the secular social fabric of the Assamese society, said the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) in a statement here.

It has also flayed Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for attending the rally. By attending the rally, the Chief Minister, who is regarded as a �Jatiya Nayak� (leader of the Assamese nationality), has betrayed the people of the State and slighted the sacrifices made by the 855 martyrs, who laid down their lives during the anti-alien Assam agitation. This has also gone against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pledge to protect jati, mati and bheti (Assamese people, their land and habitats) it had made during the 2016 Assembly elections in the State, said the APCC.

It said further that Srimanta Sankaradeva taught the Assamese people the ideals of secularism, amity and fraternity about four hundred years before the RSS came into being. Likewise, Chaolung Siu-ka-Pha had laid the foundation of Bar Asam (Large Assam). The Assamese soldiers, who included Bagh Hazarika aka Ismail Siddiquie, fought the mighty Mughal army at the decisive Saraighat Battle. The Assamese army, led by the great military general Lachit Barphukan, defeated the Mughal army in that battle, it pointed out.

The Assamese people hence do not need the ultra-Hindu ideology of the RSS to build a large Assam. Rather, the RSS leaders should learn from the great sons of Assamese society the ideals of secularism, amity and fraternity, said the APCC.

The RSS leaders have been blatantly trying to use the names of the great sons of the Assamese society like Srimanta Sankaradeva, Chaolung Siu-ka-Pha and Lachit Barphukan only to win the hearts of the Assamese people for executing their diabolic design to sow the seeds of Hindu fundamentalism, which will strike at the very root of the procedure for furthering the Assamese nationality building process, it warned and vouched to defeat all such designs.

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