Day 6: BJP Snatches, We Return

The sixth day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra began in a different mode. There was no bus nor a Padyatra, but it was a silent spiritual journey across the Brahmaputra on a boat.

In the morning, Shri Rahul Gandhi’s convoy left Nimati Ghat to board a boat to Majuli Island. Several top party leaders, including General Secretary Jairam Ramesh, State President, and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, accompanied Mr. Gandhi.

While travelling on the boat, Mr. Gandhi had light-hearted conversations with the boat owner and his workers. He asked them about their well-being and the reality of political promises on the ground. Mr. Gandhi’s next destination was Alafa Ferry Coast, from where he had to go to Kamalabari by car. In Kamalabari, Mr. Gandhi addressed a gathering where he sharply criticised the State and Central government and their policies.

He said- ‘We have our Adivasi brothers here. There has been injustice happening on you; your lands have been snatched, destroying your history, and the ideology of BJP/RSS is trying to snatch what belongs to you with various plans. This is the reality across the nation. BJP wants you to continue residing in the jungle. They do not want your children to go to college and universities, not learn English, not to do business, and we want to return your rights. We have tried across the nation to return your land and rights to you.’

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After the public address, the Yatra moved to its next destination, i.e. Auniati Satra. Auniati Satra is a Satra/Monastery situated at the Majuli, Assam. It adheres to the Brahma Sanghati of the Ekasarana Dharma, a socio-religious and cultural movement initiated by Srimanta Sankaradeva. Mr. Gandhi spent some time here and then moved to Garamur. From Garamur, the Yatra left for Jengraimukh. The day’s lunch arrangements were made at Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Jengraimukh.

At Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex, Senior Congress leaders Shri Jairam Ramesh and Shri Gaurav Gogoi briefly interacted with the media. Shri Jairam Ramesh lashed out at the press conference at the State Government and CM. He mocked the CM and challenged him to stop the Yatra. He said- ‘I want to say that the Chief Minister of Assam is upset, scared, in trouble and when it comes to Congress and Rahul ji, the Chief Minister of Assam loses his mental balance and says useless things. How every section of the Assam society has welcomed Rahul ji and the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, has welcomed it wholeheartedly and enthusiastically. The Chief Minister of Assam is upset, in trouble, and talking nonsense. I just want to ask him why the Chief Minister is afraid. What is the Chief Minister afraid of? Don’t be afraid, Chief Minister. No power can stop it. You defame, accuse, do anything, take action, you stop people from coming on the streets, join Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra for the next six days, leaving Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow; we will remain in Assam till 25. So I want to say to the Chief Minister of Assam, don’t be afraid Himanta, bhoy na kariba, Himanto, bhoy na kariba.’

After lunch, Shri Rahul Gandhi’s convoy left for Dhakuakhana, 20 km from Jengremukh. Because of the road conditions, Mr Gandhi had to travel by car. But from Jengremukh, the Yatra resumed on the bus. Hundreds of people had also gathered to see and greet Mr. Gandhi. Shri Gandhi did not hesitate to stop and meet them. Shri Gandhi shook hands with people and clicked photos with them.

Today, Shri Rahul Gandhi met with a few delegations. They joined Mr. Gandhi on the bus. The first delegation was a group of academicians and environmentalists from Assam. They mentioned some harsh realities about the environmental degradation being faced by Assam. They also discussed the problem of flooding in Assam due to the dams built on the Brahmaputra River in Arunachal Pradesh and the adverse impact of hydroelectric projects on the environment in detail. They also informed Mr Gandhi that no discussion is being held at the grassroots level about the damage caused by floods. The delegation registered their resentment against the government’s poor flood control measures and demanded compensation for the victims.

Apart from this, a delegation consisting of educationists from Assam and people working for the upliftment of the indigenous Mising tribe of Assam also met Shri Gandhi. These people spoke to Mr. Gandhi about the difficulties faced by the indigenous tribes of Assam. They also discussed the efforts required to connect them with the mainstream.

The Mising community has a population of about 7 lakh people who live around the Brahmaputra. They are fighting to preserve their culture and for greater autonomy. The delegation reiterated the basic principles of The Bharat Jodo Naya Yatra, i.e. Political Justice, Economic Justice and Social Justice. They demanded the same for their community as well.

They asked for, Economic Justice: preventing soil erosion, protection from adverse effects of dams, Social Justice: Strengthening Mising languages, demand for better education, and Political Justice: More power to the Mising Autonomous Council.

The convoy of Shri Gandhi is moving from strength to strength with every state it crosses. Today Gogamukh block president got onto the bus for a few minutes and was at the door with Mr. Rahul Gandhi waving to the crowd. The PCC President, Shri Bhupen Kumar Bora, identified the block president. He told Mr. Rahul Gandhi about him, and Mr. Gandhi promptly asked him to come inside the bus.

For the evening Tea, Mr. Gandhi stopped at a local Mising tribe member’s home in  Pomua village. Mr. Muhiram Pegu and his family welcomed Mr. Gandhi with love and affection. During the tea, a group comprising men, women, elderly people, and kids related to Mr. Pegu and his neighbours interacted with the Congress leader. They told him the problems they were facing and their expectations from the Government. After having tea, the convoy moved forward.

Like yesterday, Mr. Gandhi managed to do a brief padayatra of 2 km with thousands of people marching along. Everyone wants justice, peace, and, above all, a prosperous future. They are expecting Shri Rahul Gandhi to help them achieve this.

At Gogamukh, Shri Gandhi again addressed the public. He chided the State and Central governments for not doing anything relevant to the growth and development of its citizens. He said- ‘We want to give a message to the country that the North East is as important as the other states of India and the history of the North East, the languages, protecting the culture that exists here is very important for the future of India.

There is a fight for ideology in the country. RSS-BJP, on the other hand, is the Congress party. RSS and BJP say that India should be run from Delhi. There should be one language, one leader, and the rest of the languages, like your language, Tamil language, and other states, should be run from Delhi. We say No, Assam will not be run from Delhi, Assam will be run from here.’

After the speech, the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra convoy left for the campsite at Gogamukh Colony Playground. Here, the arrangements for their night halt have been made.

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