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Congress accuses BJP of ‘quarantine politics’

Congress in Assam on June 24 accused the BJP of indulging in ‘quarantine politics’ during the COVID-19 pandemic, alleging the ruling party of going for selective quarantine of political leaders.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee President and Rajya Sabha member Ripun Bora said, “It is very clear that the BJP is indulging in quarantine politics. They have one set of rules for their leaders travelling to other states, while they have another set for Congress leaders.”

He pointed that state Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi and central leader Ajay Maken were placed under quarantine in Imphal when they flew to Manipur last week during the political crisis in the state.

However, when Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma went to Imphal for the same purpose, with Sarma going twice, they were not put under any restrictions, Bora claimed.

He further pointed that four NPP MLAs of Manipur had flown with Sarma from Imphal to Guwahati on June 23, and they proceeded to New Delhi on June 24 after spending the night at a hotel in Guwahati.

Bora said, “It is baffling how these four MLAs were not kept under quarantine even though they spent a night here (in Guwahati).”

“It is abundantly clear now that the BJP uses curfew, COVID-19, quarantine for their political ends,” the Congress state chief added.


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