As the polling date for the first phase of Assam legislative assembly elections is approaching, the political scenario of Assam taking an interesting turn. Prominent activist, Swaraj India founder, Yogendra Yadav along with the six-member Samyukta Kishan Morcha delegation visited Assam and called for the defeat of BJP in the upcoming state polls.
Elections to the 126-member Assam legislative assembly will be held in three phases with 39 constituencies in the second phase on April 1, and 40 in the last phase on April 6. Sibsagar goes to the polls in the first phase on March 27 along with 46 other constituencies.
Activist Yogendra Yadav and Kisan Sangharsh Samiti leader Sunilam met jailed Raijor Dal president Akhil Gogoi on Sunday at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital. Gogoi was arrested in December 2019 during the protests against CAA in the state and was booked under the stringent UAPA. He had tested positive for COVID-19 a few months back and shifted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.
Yogendra Yadav was part of the visiting six-member Samyukta Kishan Morcha delegation which attended an interactive session on the topic, “The Farmers agitation and the political situation in India and the responsibilities of democratic citizens” at the Cotton University here. Advocate Shantanu Borthakur presided over the interaction.
Along with Yogendra Yadav, six national farmer leaders that were present in the discussion were, Dr. Sunilam, of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), Dr. Sanatan Singh of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Amarjeet Singh of Doaba Kisan Samiti, Punjab, Dipak Lamba of Jai Kisan Andolan, Ramjan Choudhury of Mewat Kisan Union, Haryana, Paramjit Singh of Samyukta Kisan Morcha.
Yadav and Dr. Sunilam of Madhya Pradesh said “Akhil’s trial is not only a trial but, it is a political trial. It is also a trial of the judicial system! If Akhil is a terrorist, then everyone in the country is a terrorist.”
The ongoing farmers’ protest at the borders of Delhi against the three farm laws has reached the 107th day. Farmers from Punjab and Haryana reached Delhi to protest against the Centre’s new farm laws and their agitation has evolved and spread out beyond Delhi.
Farmer Unions Call For Complete ‘Bharat Bandh’ On March 26. A joint convention will be organized with trade unions and other mass organizations for planning the Bharat Bandh on March 26, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body to farmer unions, has said. March 26 marks the completion of four months of the protest at the Delhi borders, which started on November 26. On January 26, the protest completed two months.
We welcome @_YogendraYadav president of @_SwarajIndia n @DSunilam in Assam.They met Akhil Gogoi at GMCH to inquire about his health.https://t.co/YnRbB6bFNi#RaijorDal#Politics4Change https://t.co/KX65F7SFiW
— Raijor Dal (ৰাইজৰ দল) (@RaijorDal) March 14, 2021
Assam is having three-phase polls on March 27, April 1, and April 6.
Akhil, who is contesting from the Sivasagar constituency, was arrested during the peak of the anti-CAA protest in the state in December 2019 and has since been in jail. Yadav had last met Akhil in February 2020.
The Morcha team sent the same message at the interactive session with Yadav said, the only language that the BJP understands is the language of votes, seat, power, and government.
“He has been subjected to considerable mental torture and his medical condition has deteriorated but still the ideological clarity, mental resolve, and the courage shown by him is a model,” he said.
Yadav alleged that Gogoi has been put in jail to ensure that he cannot interact with the people during the elections.
Yadav said that he had not gone to discuss politics but Gogoi was very interested to know how the farmers’ agitation was progressing and was very clear about the urgent need to defeat the BJP.
Sunilam alleged that the way NIA is investigating the cases against Gogoi it appears that they are acting at the behest of the government.
“It is obvious that false cases have been slapped against him to silence peoples’ voice, which he represents, but now that the elections are here, the people of the state must make a decision,” he said.
In an exclusive interview with Inside Chronicle, upon asking about Disha Ravi’s toolkit case, Swaraj India founder and activist Yogendra Yadav said,” It’s ridiculous to see that a democratically elected government like BJP, threatened by a young woman for no reason just because she released few internet links! It made India look like Russia, Turkey or you can say electoral autocracy, which is, unfortunately, it has become. It has sent a chilling message to activists, that if you oppose government this is what could happen.”
Climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested against the Greta Thunberg toolkit case and was accused of collaborating with a pro-Khalistani group to create a toolkit to ‘defame India across the globe on the issue of three agri laws’. Swedish activist Greta Thunberg shared a tweet in supporting Farmers Protest on February 4.
He further said, “India is not intolerant but the Indian Government is getting intolerant! This is what Mussolini did, this is exactly what Hitler did, this is what Putin does. So these are old tactics. ”
“He is also accused that BJP doesn’t have anything positive to offer so they are following the old colonial terms. They are just trying to divide people based on region, religion. ”
On farmers protest, he also said, ” This is the political party, who didn’t even discuss with farmers before passing the three farm bills. They accused farmers of terrorists, Khalistani, etc. They treated Kisan as an enemy. You won’t even see the type of tight security in borders like the way this government has put in Tikri Border.”
— Youth For Swaraj (@Youth4Swaraj) March 15, 2021
The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 allows farmers to sell their produce outside APMC (Agricultural produce market committee) mandis to whoever, even the end customer, offers a higher price. The second one — The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 — allows farmers to enter into a contract farming agreement with the buyer for procurement of crops at pre-approved prices. The third bill is The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill which declassifies items like onions, cereals, pulses, potatoes, edible oilseeds and oils as essential items in normal circumstances.
Check full schedule for Assam Legislative Assembly election 2021:
Phase 1: 47 constituencies
Issue of Notifications on: 2 March
Last Date of making nominations: 9 March
Scrutiny of nominations: 10 March
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: 12 March
Date of Poll: 27 March
Phase 2: 39 constituencies
Issue of notification: 5 March
Last Date of making nominations: 12 March
Scrutiny of nominations: 16 March
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: 17 March
Date of Poll: 1 April
Phase 3: 40 constituencies
Issue of notification: 12 March
Last Date of making nominations: 19 March
Scrutiny of nominations: 20 March
Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: 22 March
Date of Poll: 6 April
Counting of votes: 2 May