Congress clash with Assam Police
When the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, led by Rahul Gandhi, was prevented from entering Guwahati, Assam on Tuesday, Congressmen ripped down barriers and raised slogans in agitation. Gandhi subsequently spoke to party members outside the city, and said, “We have broken barricades, but will not break the law”.
Police applied force on Congress workers
The Congress workers had to be stopped by force by the police, who had erected barricades at two locations to block the Yatra from approaching the city limits. Gandhi was earlier met with a raucous welcome when he attempted to enter Guwahati and spoke to a few university students on route.
Speaking to his supporters, he stated that although BJP president J P Nadda followed the same path, they were not permitted to do so. “You should not think we are weak. We have broken the barricades,” he told his workers and supporters, calling them “babbar sher” (lion).
#WATCH | A clash broke out between Police and Congress workers in Assam’s Guwahati, during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra.
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“They have cancelled my programme at the university. My programme was cancelled, but the students heard me outside,” he said.
“Congress workers do not fear anyone,” he said, adding that “we will defeat the BJP in Assam and form the Congress government soon.”
Assam Police officers lauded for their work by Rahul Gandhi
He also lauded the police for doing their job well. “We know that police officers have done a good job and followed orders, with one person coming and lying down before the (yatra) bus. We are not against you. And we are against the chief minister who is most corrupt. Our fight is with him,” Gandhi said.
He hurried to add that they shouldn’t after claiming that police officers were applauding his remarks as well. “We have won as we have broken the barricades,” AICC in-charge for Assam Jitendra Singh said.