Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday called Congress President Rahul Gandhi “Gabbar Singh” and accused the party of standing with Pakistan, saying they were traitors.
Speaking at the second day of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Council, Sarma said: “The GST is not ‘Gabbar Singh’, but Rahul Gandhi is.”
He alleged that the Congress chief wants to loot the poor and want to snatch their rights.
Hitting out at the party, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said: “They are raking up the issue of Rafale fighter jets. Even the children of the country know that the Indian Air Force needs the Rafale. It is in the country’s interest.
“But they stand with Pakistan. They know if Rafale comes to India then it (Pakistan) cannot defeat India in air warfare. Therefore they are saying that India does not need Rafale.
“They are traitors. They are (Mughal emperor) Babur,” he said, with crowd chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
He said that to defeat such powers is the task of the BJP.
Speaking about the National Registrar of Citizens (NRC), the Minister said: “(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi started the NRC when people demanded identity along with development. That’s why the BJP or its allies are ruling in the eight northeastern states.”
Recently, said that if the Citizen (Amendment) Bill 2016 is not passed, it will be a surrender to the ‘philosophy of Jinnah.
Sarma also added that the purpose of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was to “detect Jinnahs”.
In the north-eastern state of Assam, India has published a list which strips four million people of their citizenship. It says the process is to root out hordes of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
The list, named as the National Register of Citizens (NRC), is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, when Bangladesh was created.
The list has sparked fears of targeted hunting towards ethnic minorities in Assam. However, officials have said that no one will face immediate deportation and that the option of an appeal will be available to all.