The Congress will not allow the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act if elected to power in Assam, party leader Rahul Gandhi said Sunday at an election rally in Sivasagar district, drawing on the popular sentiment in the state against the controversial law.
Rahul and other senior state and national Congress leaders, including Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, appeared on stage with the traditional Assamese gamusa (towel) on their shoulders with the letters CAA crossed out. “Whatever happens, we will not let the CAA be implemented,” said Rahul.
Assam is expected to go to polls in April. Sunday’s event was the first big-ticket rally by the Congress. Several top BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, have already visited the state multiple times since December.