Harsh Vardhan Tripathi
Assam was the only state in the assembly elections held in five states, where the Bharatiya Janata Party was fighting to save power. The anti-citizenship law protests started from Assam itself. The speech of sedition accused Sharjeel Usmani, inciting Muslims to cut Assam from other parts of the country, was the subject of discussion all over the country.
There were first and most violent demonstrations in Assam to protest against the enforcement of the citizenship law. The crisis seemed to be growing for the Bharatiya Janata Party government and news of differences between two top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders – Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma – was floating in the national media and most political analysts in Assam thought Indian The Janata Party’s return to power was completely rejected.
For those creating national discourses, the assembly elections of 4 states and 1 union territory were seen preparing a great amount of land at the national level to convey the enduring aura of Narendra Modi with statistics. In West Bengal, the BJP was not even getting candidates in front of Mamata Banerjee, in Kerala, the BJP would not stand in front of the leftist model and in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, there is no name of BJP.
In such a situation, the direct meaning of BJP’s loss of power in Assam was being touted as the end of Narendra Modi’s charisma. In the spirit of this discussion, Rahul-Priyanka’s Congress Party made a strategy to leave no stone unturned and allied with the All India Unified Democratic Front, which has a strong influence in a particular region in Assam. Now it became strong in the national discourse that Rahul Gandhi has killed the masterstroke by joining hands with Badruddin Ajmal. This alliance was considered invincible by adding the opinion of a large section of Muslims and Hindus on paper.
When I landed at the Gopinath Borodoloi Airport in Guwahati before the first phase of elections, I had similar equations in mind that the people of Assam would again elect the Congress. The entire Muslim and all-Hindu faith has created a strong equation and the Bodoland party too has moved from the BJP to the Congress camp. To understand the electoral pulse with such clear equations, sitting in a taxi to go from the airport to the hotel, the speechless taximan had destroyed all the equations in my mind till he reached the hotel.
Sarbananda Sonowal, not a leader like Himanta, is the most up-to-date Chief Minister. Taxiwala told that the people of BJP have gone from house to house explaining the meaning of citizenship law to everyone and everyone has understood. Most of the hotels are on the GS highway, the busiest business road in Guwahati.
Talking to someone the next morning, it was found that when the Bharatiya Janata Party government was formed, the road from Guwahati to Shillong, popularly known as GM Highway, was named Srimanta Sankardev Path. On 4 May 2017, Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had named other roads along the Srimanta Sankardev Path as Damodardev Path, Madhavdev Path, Haridev Path and Laxmikant Bezbarua Chowk. Srimanta Sankardev is a symbol of the religious, cultural, literary society of Assam.
On talking to the people about the Namghar on the way to the largest Lingakar temple in Nagaon, about a hundred and twenty kilometers from Guwahati, it was found that how Srimanta Sankardev built such names to overcome the problems of connecting the people of the society, Where the Gita written by Shankardev Ji is kept and the people of the village gather to overcome their difficulties. Save our culture.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has announced an annual grant of Rs 2.5 lakh for about one lakh nominees in the state. I came to know as a Mian-Assamese discourse after seeing Hindu-Muslims from Delhi arriving in Assam. Himanta Biswa Sarma was saying in his speech that in Assam, Mian will not allow culture to rule, Assamese culture will rule here.
Assamese Muslims also have a stake in this Assamese culture. Badruddin Ajmal aggravated the discussion by throwing Asami Gomosa (Gamcha) on the stage. During the five-year BJP rule, everyone had something to say about development. Roads, connectivity conditions were improved. The strengthening of local development, local leadership and local culture helped bring the Bharatiya Janata Party to power. All three were missing from the Congress agenda.
The news of differences between Sonowal and Himanta was completely missing from the local discourse in Assam, and Himanta made it more clear in an interview during the election. Himanta said that whatever Amit Shah would like, it will be the same, so there is no such competition between us, we both talk to each other in the morning and make plans for the day. Very few leaders talk with such clarity.
On the other hand, Sushmita Dev and Gaurav Gogoi were unable to run together in the Congress party. Sushmita Dev refused to wear the No CAA swagger, but Rahul Gandhi and the entire Congress were saying that they would revoke the citizenship law if they came to power. After Tarun Gogoi, no one was able to fill the vacant post in the Congress and the BJP was giving a lot of publicity to Tarun Gogoi, in which Gogoi had asked Badruddin as the leader of the hardline Muslim party in the 2006 elections to ask who is Badruddin, but in these elections, the biggest leader of the entire Congress was seen as Badruddin Ajmal.
Badruddin corrected his position by bringing Muslim votes in his court, but the battle between Mian vs Assamese culture intensified. And, to the people of Assam, the Congress is seen standing with those who end the original culture of the state, the result is in front.
The writer is a senior journalist and Hindi blogger.
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