While Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is underway in Assam, Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a strong critique against the Congress, asserting that the party’s approach in Assam’s Bodoland has been to create distractions from main issues and remain entrenched in power, leading to the loss of thousands of lives among the youth.
Addressing the 13th Triennial Conference of the All Bathou Mahasabha in Tezpur, Shah highlighted the historical struggles of the Bodo community to protect their culture. He accused Congress of diverting attention from critical issues and perpetuating power struggles, resulting in significant loss of life. Shah credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership for the signing of the Bodo Peace Accord, emphasizing that there has been no reported violence in Bodoland over the last three years.
Underlining the achievements in the region, Shah praised PM Modi’s vision for development and peace in the Northeast, stating, “We have started a new path of development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to take development forward and establish peace in the northeast has become successful today.”
Shah provided statistics on the decline in violence in the northeast, citing a 73% reduction in incidents of violence, a 71% decrease in security force casualties, and an 86% drop in civilian deaths. He highlighted the success of nine peace treaties signed during the nine years of the Modi government, leading to approximately 9000 youths abandoning violence and joining the mainstream.
Expressing gratitude to Pramod Boro, Chief Executive Member of the Bodoland Territorial Council, Amit Shah urged the people of Bodoland to delve into their religious practices, uphold traditions, and contribute to their cultural advancement.
“The central government and the Assam government work to give strength to every religion. I would urge you to go into the depths of your religious practices, follow your tradition and strive to take your cultural practices ahead,” Shah encouraged.
Assuring protection for religions that worship nature, Amit Shah affirmed the commitment of the Modi government to safeguarding such practices within the Northeast, stating, “Nothing is greater than nature. The Narendra Modi government will leave no stone unturned for the protection and uplifting of religions that worship nature, particularly those within the Northeast. We will do whatever is required to protect them.”