Guwahati: A BJP parliamentarian was among a dozen persons injured on Wednesday after police cracked down on protesters who sought the ouster of the Congress government led by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
Gogoi justified the police action on BJP Lok Sabha members, MLAs and other leaders who had taken out a protest march to Dispur the seat of power against ‘misrule and rampant’ corruption in the past 15 years of Congress regime.
Among the injured was BJP’s Mangaldoi MP Ramen Deka. He was taken to a hospital after being hit on the abdomen and chest.
“The BJP is trying to fan communal passion with RSS, Bajrang Dal and other Hindutva elements and create a law and order situation so that President’s Rule can be imposed,” Gogoi said.
Rubbishing the charges, union sports minister and BJP’s Assam unit chief Sarbananda Sonowal said Gogoi’s unrestrained comments reflected his fear of the BJP. “His Congress government has proved its intolerance by opening fire on protesters who had taken out a peaceful march,” he added.
Guwahati police commissioner Mukesh Agarwal denied his force opened fire on the protestors. “Only tear gas shells were fired on the protestors who defied section 144 and had no permission for the march,” he said.
But former Congress minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is now with BJP, said the silence of the district authorities on letters written to it seeking permission for the protest march was deemed as being granted.
The BJP has been on protest overdrive after 12 of its MLAs, including 7 who defected from Congress, were suspended on Monday for the entire winter session of the assembly by the speaker.