Political anarchism in Assam, says Akhil Gogoi

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is law unto himself, the MLA claims

August 27, 2021 05:59 pm | Updated August 28, 2021 01:10 am IST - Guwahati:

Akhil Gogoi. File

Akhil Gogoi. File

Activist-turned-MLA Akhil Gogoi on Friday said Assam is fast descending into political anarchism with Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma becoming a law unto himself.

He referred to the increasing number of police encounters to drive home his point. More than 55 encounters have taken place since May 10, when Dr Sarma took charge.

“There is total political anarchism in the State with at least 56 encounters having taken place in less than five months. Assam never had such a situation even during the peak of extremism,” Mr Gogoi, who represents the Raijor Dal from the Sibsagar Assembly constituency, said.

The MLA said the Constitution is no longer heeded in Assam as the Chief Minister’s words become the law.

Mr Gogoi also said his party would put up candidates in three of the four Assembly seats that have fallen vacant. The MLAs of Gossaigaon and Tamulpur constituencies died while the Congress MLAs of Mariani and Thowra quit and joined the BJP.

“We are clear about our idea of a greater opposition to defeat the BJP. If Congress fails to put up common candidates with us, we will understand it is hand-in-glove with the BJP,” he said.

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