A day after an FIR was filed against Rahul Gandhi and other Congress party workers by Guwahati Police, the Congress MP took a dig at Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra on its 11th day. Rahul Gandhi sarcastically remarked that even if someone consumes betel leaves (paan), the betel nut business belongs to the Chief Minister.
“Even if you have paan (betel leaves), the supari (betel nuts) business lies with him… In the evening when you have paan, you will know that it belongs to the Chief Minister,” Rahul Gandhi stated. He accused Chief Minister Sarma of being the most corrupt in the country, alleging that while he spreads fear and hatred, he also engages in corrupt practices, including stealing people’s land or money when they are distracted.
Rahul Gandhi further claimed that Chief Minister Sarma owns land in the Kaziranga National Forest, known for its rhinoceros population. He accused Sarma of taking away land at Kaziranga and suggested that whenever people visit the area to watch rhinos, they should be aware that the Chief Minister owns the land.
The Congress MP also alleged that Chief Minister Sarma controls the media narrative in the state. According to Rahul Gandhi, Sarma influences what is shown on television and in the media, insinuating that the Chief Minister manipulates information to suit his agenda.
Furthermore, Rahul Gandhi asserted that Chief Minister Sarma is under the control of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and claimed that Sarma would be expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if he ever spoke against Shah.
Rahul Gandhi resumed his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra from Barpeta in Assam on the following day.