Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Sunday said the sacrifices of the security personnel who died in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 “will not go in vain”.
Forty personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed when a militant drove an explosive-laden vehicle into a bus. The Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group has claimed the attack.
“Their [CRPF jawans’] sacrifice won’t go in vain as it’s not the Congress government which is at the Centre, it is the BJP which is at the Centre,” Shah said while addressing a youth rally in Assam’s Lakhimpur. Shah said the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not compromise on any security issue, PTI reported.
Shah also paid tributes to Maneswar Basumatary, a CRPF jawan from Assam who died in the terror attack, and the other personnel.
Shah said the National Register of Citizens will help ensure that infiltrators are deported. “We won’t allow Assam to become another Kashmir,” PTI quoted him as saying.
Shah said the Congress and the BJP’s former ally Asom Gana Parishad did nothing to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, according to which the Centre has to enact constitutional, legislative and administrative measures to protect, preserve and promote cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the state’s indigenous communities.
In January, the Centre approved the setting up of a high-level committee to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord.
Shah said misinformation was being spread that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was only for Assam and North East.
“It was not only for North East, but for all refugees in entire country,” Shah said. “The way demography is changing in Assam, without the Citizenship Bill, the people of the state will be in big danger. We are committed to the development of the entire North-East which is why the Congress has been wiped out of the region,” Shah said.
Shah attacked the Congress, saying the Opposition party cannot nurture the country’s democracy and fulfil its objectives, PTI reported.
He said the Congress party did not have “internal democracy”. “Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi – I am not mentioning the future name,” Shah said in Guwahati. “No question of involving workers at all. Such parties cannot nurture the country’s democracy and fulfil its objectives.”
Shah questioned what the country had received after the Nehru-Gandhi family of the Congress party had ruled India for 55 years.