Day 11: Assam Looted For Delhi And Nagpur

The eleventh day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra commenced with a visit to Shri Madan Gopal Gohain Than. The journey kicked off with Shri Gandhi addressing a crowd of hundreds from the car’s roof right after paying homage at the Gohain Than. The bus journey was scheduled to start from the Barpeta bus stand. Upon reaching there, Mr. Gandhi addressed the gathered crowd of thousands from the roof of the car.

Mr. Gandhi once again launched a sharp attack on the Chief Minister of Assam. He said, ‘Your CM perpetuates hatred 24 hours. But it does not stop there. As soon as an atmosphere of fear is created in the state, your CM seizes your land. You chew betel leaves; the betel leaf business belongs to them. Travel to Kaziranga, explore, see rhinos, and you will discover that all the surrounding land belongs to the CM.’

After the altercation in Guwahati on the tenth day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, the Assam CM filed an FIR against Shri Gandhi. In response, the Congress leader taunted Himanta Biswa Sarma, saying, ‘File as many cases against me as you want, I already have 20-25 cases, add 20-25 more. But Rahul Gandhi is not afraid of BJP-RSS and HBS.’

Following the public address, the Nyay Yatra bus left for the further journey. The crowd of thousands of supporters was eager to accompany Shri Gandhi. People were excited to meet him, shake hands, and present him with gifts. On both sides of the road, people surrounded the bus. Shri Rahul Gandhi halted the bus to interact with and address the people at various points. It was a testament to the immense love and enthusiasm of the people. Shri Gandhi disembarked from the bus and engaged in conversations with the people. Amidst the crowd, a conversation with a 10-year-old boy brought smiles to those present.

Rahul Gandhi inquired, “Do you play sports?”

The boy responded, “Yes, I do.”

Rahul Gandhi, “What sports do you play?”

The boy said, “I play cricket, hockey, football – all sports.”

Rahul Gandhi, “Alright, then show me your muscles.”

The crowd cheered as the boy bared his arms to flex his muscles.

Representatives from some affected areas also came to meet Shri Gandhi. Delegations from regions impacted by soil erosion shared their challenges. Barpeta district, where the Yatra has reached, is particularly affected by river erosion – with Muslim families facing the brunt of the displacement. As per statistics, in the last five years, one lakh acres of land was lost due to floods, destroying 1991 homes. In 2022, Assam grappled with the issue of devastating floods, causing a loss of 2500 crore rupees to livelihoods. However, the affected people did not receive state or central government assistance. Sand areas reclaimed from the river occur at great distances from where the soil was initially eroded and have been officially classified as government-owned. Moreover, the state government’s Anyay was evident as they refused to provide aid to the victims by labelling them as Bangladeshi.

A group of people affected by the central government’s implementation of the NRC (National Register of Citizens) also met Shri Gandhi. They briefed him about the difficulties they have faced since the implementation of the NRC, seeking help and requesting him to raise their issue in Parliament in Delhi.

Shri Gandhi noticed schoolchildren on the way and invited them to ride with him on the bus. He engaged in light conversations with the children and asked if they attended school, their favourite subjects, and their preferred teachers. The children, in turn, requested Shri Gandhi to teach them English, to which he taught them a few English words.

The yatra reached Abhayapuri from Barpeta. Here, a roadshow was held where thousands of people joined with Shri Gandhi.

For a mid-day break, the yatra halted in North Salmara, Bongaigaon. Here, Congress General Secretary Shri Jairam Ramesh addressed the media, elaborating on the announcement made by Shri Rahul Gandhi about the five pillars of the Nyay Yatra.

After the lunch break, the Yatra proceeded towards its next destination, Chalbanda village. In Chalbanda, Dhubri, a crowd of thousands had gathered, eagerly awaiting Shri Gandhi. The challenge was that the Nyay Yatra caravan was falling significantly behind its planned schedule due to the large gathering. The road in Chalbanda was blocked due to the crowd. Wherever you could see, there were people. The Congress flag fluttered in the air, and almost everyone wore a Gandhi cap.

Shri Gandhi addressed a massive public gathering, highlighting, ‘The Chief Minister in Assam is the most corrupt in the country. When you begin your day by kindling the stove to make tea, the coal used belongs to your CM. The funds generated from that coal find their way into your CM’s pockets. Tea consumption links you to the tea gardens owned by your CM. Whether reading newspapers or watching TV, both these mediums are under your CM’s control. Funds flow into your CM’s coffers as you traverse roads and cross the Brahmaputra Bridge. The betel leaf business, indulged in by many, contributes to your CM’s wealth. Interestingly, even for a glimpse of a rhino in Kaziranga, you will discover a resort owned by your CM.’

After the public gathering, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra advanced towards Gauripur, where arrangements were made for a night’s rest.

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