GUWAHATI: Amid growing demand for a political alternative by anti-CAA protesters to oust the ruling BJP in the next assembly election, BJP national working president JP Nadda will address party’s state leaders and workers here on Saturday to kickstart the party’s campaign for the 2021 polls.
“The anti-CAA protest appears to be taking a political colour. Every protester is now talking of a political alternative. If the protests are all about giving birth to a new political party, then BJP will take this as a political challenge. We will go to the people with a positive agenda and seek a political mandate,” said state finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
He added, “If the protests are truly democratic in nature, then we would prefer to wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict. The Supreme Court will hear the issue (CAA) on January 22. Whether we have done wrong or right with this Act, the court will decide.” To counter protesters, Himanta has never missed a chance to claim in public that BJP will prove everyone wrong and will win 100 of 126 assembly seats in 2021. In 2016, BJP won 60 and made its debut in government in partnership with AGP and BPF.
Aasu and AJYCP, which are spearheading anti-CAA protests, believe that their fight is not about numbers but the future of Assam. They said their agitation will continue until the Act is scrapped and even if BJP wins all 126 seats.
Saturday’s meeting of party members has been termed by BJP as “a preparation meeting for the assembly election due early next year” even as the antiCAA protest across the state has placed the ruling party in a disadvantageous position at the moment. Led by Aasu, protesters comprising artistes, government workers, teachers and members of the civil society have unitedly vowed to seek a political alternative.