Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma hitting out at the opposition Congress party said that Assam recorded the highest death of minority people in the country during the 15 years of Congress rule in Assam.
“If we trace back to history, we will see that the highest number of people belonging to the minorities died in Assam during the 15-year-rule of Congress. Communal clashes erupt whenever Congress comes to power,” Sarma said while addressing a gathering on October 14th, 2019.
The State Finance Minister was addressing a rally for BJP candidate, Toufiqur Rahman for the Jania Assembly seat, which goes for by-polls on October 21st, 2019. Minority dominated Jania has been a Congress stronghold for the last several years.
The byelection to Jania will be conducted after the MLA seat has been lying vacant after Congress legislator of the constituency Abdul Khaleque was elected as the Lok Sabha MP this year. Sarma made a scathing attack on MP Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and claimed that the “AIUDF is doing politics in the name of religion”.
Meanwhile, the NEDA Chief exuded confidence that his party will win 90 seats in the 2021 assembly polls in the state.
It may be mentioned that Congress was voted to power in Assam for three consecutive terms— from 2001 to 2016 under the leadership of the then chief minister Tarun Gogoi. Sarma was also a Congress legislator till 2015 and held key portfolios in the Cabinet of CM Gogoi. In 2015, Sarma resigned from Congress and joined the BJP.