Guwahati, January 12, 2019: Himanta Biswa Sarma
Assam Health Minister and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Chief Himanta Biswa Sarma took to the stage to address a huge gathering at the BJP national convention held at the historic Ram Lila ground in New Delhi today. He started by slamming the dynasty politics of the Congress and speaking on various issues like Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 among others.
The Assam Finance Minister also expressed confidence that Ram will prevail in battle between the conflicting ideology of ‘Ram’ and ‘Babar’ that is prevailing in the country and slammed the Congress for their lack of self-respect and love for the nation.
Sarma expressed confidence ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and assured the gathering of a bigger margin of victory this time around.
The Minister announced that the North East is free of Congress and all states are either ruled by BJP or NEDA allies. He also praised the Modi government for its achievements and especially for transforming North East and bringing the corridors of capital Delhi closer to the people of the North East.
He also expressed happiness at the removal of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
The health minister also spoke of the infrastructure development in the North East region such as announcement of AIIMS in Assam, announcement of a sports university in Manipur as well as the development of organic farming in Sikkim.
Echoing PM Modi’s mantra of “transformation through transportation”, he stated that railway connectivity in the region has seen drastic improvement and praised the Prime Minister for his commitment to the ‘Act East’ policy.
Addressing the issue of identity of the people of North East, the Minister stated Bangladeshi Muslims have changed the demography of North East but added that through the efforts of the Government, 40 lakh Bangladeshi spies have been identified in the first phase of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
He also addressed the elephant in the room, the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Talking about the granting of citizenship status to the non-Muslim people, as per provisions of the amendment, he said: “These people are victims of partition. The Prime Minister said that we are not granting them citizenship out of pity. We are washing away sins committed by the Congress.”
He also assured of the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord of 1985 and stated that it will grant protection of Assamese identity, language and land. It will further facilitate the granting of employment opportunities to youths of Assam, he assured. He also showed the BJP’s commitment to grant ST status to founding communities of Assam such as Ahom, Koch-Rajbongshi, Chutiya, Motoks, etc.
Lastly, he hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for honouring national heroes such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by constructing the ‘Statue of Unity’ and strengthening the spirit of nationhood.