Assam, Feb 24: As part of its state-wide campaign ahead of assembly polls, opposition Congress in Assam has collected over 100,000 ‘gamosas’ (traditional scarf-towels) with anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) messages scribbled on them.

The Congress has declared that it won’t allow imposition of the legislation, which eases rules of citizenship for religious minorities from Muslim-majority nations Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in the state if it comes to power.

During his visit to the state on February 14, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had worn a ‘gamosa’ with an anti-CAA message on it and had said that the legislation was a ploy by the ruling BJP to divide the people of Assam.

The party’s state wing has said that they would collect 5 million such ‘gamosas’ from across Assam and place them at a memorial, which will be constructed if the party comes to power, for the violent anti-CAA protests that rocked Assam in December 2019 and claimed 5 lives.

Our hope for a united and prosperous Assam is alive and thriving as people have truly risen up to fight divisive forces. Amazed that over a period of few days we have already collected over 1 lakh ‘gamosas’ with anti-CAA messages,” said state Congress president Ripun Bora.


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Lok Sabha MP and chairman of the party’s manifesto drafting committee Gaurav Gogoi took to Twitter to mention the campaign and thank the people of Assam for their gesture.