Caught in a damaging debate over Dr Subramaniam Swamy’s comments on masjids and churches BJP bosses will ask the party ideologue to clear his position.
The ruling party at the Centre has already distanced itself from the comments saying they were made in his personal capacity.
Senior party leaders said in Delhi, "We will talk to him. These comments must be made by him in his personal capacity. This is not the party's stand.," Same it was what Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters in Mumbai on Sunday.
Assam BJP unit also refused to endorse Dr Swamy. “But these comments would benefit Congress in the next assembly polls. It would help Congress woo the minorities,” said the party leaders in Assam.
Both Congress and BJP leadership in New Delhi have drawn flak in Assam for downplaying the flood fury in the state. Various parties and organizations have categorically alleged that neither Congress nor BJP has been serious on the perennial issue.
“Neither Prime Minister Narendra Modi nor BJP president Amit Shah has visited the flood-hit people. Doesn’t it suggest lack of seriousness of the people in the distant Delhi?,” said Mukul Saikia a Congressleader from Nagaon. Saikia said,” during UPA regime prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi along with several senior ministers visited the marooned people.”
AASU leaders in Dibrugarh said the NDA government is least bothered about the raving problem in Assam. “Haven’t you seen how during his stint as DoNER minister VK Singh refused to admit flood as the main problem confronting Assam?. They have sent Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal to wash the hands off.”
“No national leader wants Assam to march ahead. They lack seriousness. What forces the Congress and BJP leadership not to visit the state in the time of crisis? Are we not Indian?,” said a Arun Saikia a retired professor in Dhemaji.
AJYCPleaders in Tinsukia blamed it all on the state leadership. “Why Sarbananda Sonowal and Siddartha Bhattacarya can’t mount pressure on the prime minister or party leadership to visit the marooned people 6 months ahead of the assembly polls. They are waiting to visit the state just for poll campaigning?”
Achyut Das, a local KMSS leader in Bajali said “neither Tarun Gogoi nor Sarbananda Sonowal has the courage to take on the Centre alleging its lack of seriousness. Both they are resorting to blamegame only to divert their failures.”
M Thousan, HAFLONG: The indefinite strike of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council employees demanding payment entered second day on Thursday. But there seems to be no immediate solution in sight.
Talking to reporters in Haflong, the agitating employees said that they won’t call off the stir unless they receive their salaries. They further told Assam Times that they have not received their salaries for the last ten months.
“We have been repeatedly requesting our authorities. But precious little have been done. We have no other option left but to sit in indefinite strike,” said DJ Hafila who works with a department of the council.
They have been staging a dharna in front of the NCHAC demanding immediate release of their salaries. “A section of our employees has turned pathetic due to non receipt of salaries for the last ten months. Nobody knows when we will get our salaries,” said another employee.
“We have withdrawn their life insurance and other savings to run our families. Our boys studying in Guwahati, Delhi and Shillong have come back because of financial crisis,” said another group of agitating employees.
Union minister Ranee Narah on Friday good the taste of BJP protest in Dibrugarh a day after she accused Sarbananda Sonowal of accepting bribe for Rajya Sabha polls from DoNER minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar.
Hundreds of BJP workers thronged the Dibrugarh Circuit House after she arrived in it in the morning. With banners and festooned the BJP workers shouted slogans asking her to substantiate her allegations against Sonowal and Prasanta Phukan.
But she managed to leave the Circuit House with the help of her security guards.
On the other hand, BJP workers in all district and sub divisional headquarters hit the streets and burnt the effigy of the Union minister and asked her to substantiate her allegations.