As protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) refuse to die, the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders are being shown black flags across Assam.
The anti-CAA protesters spared none including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, BJP State president of Assam, Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Union minister for food processing and industries Rameswar Teli, Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa among others.
The black flags waved by the anti-CAA protesters have become a symbol of protest against the BJP-led governments at the Centre and State for its alleged indifference to the people’s sentiments.
In the recent past, Sarma had to change his route to reach an event held in Sonitpur by taking a helicopter due to the black flag protests. The protesters are following the BJP leaders with black flags everywhere – from religious ceremony to public events.
Sarma was also shown black flags when he went to condole the death of BJP MLA Rajen Borthakur in Tezpur. The leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad, alliance partner of the BJP in Assam, too had to face the wrath of black flag protests.
However, the Assam Pradesh BJP has come up with a new formula to counter the wave of black flag protests. Recently, Dass was shown black flags by AASU members in Pathsala, which he countered by waiving back red phulam gamosa to them. He applied the same trick when he was shown black flags in his own constituency Sorbhog.
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