Abu Taher Bepari at the public meeting in Dhubri. Picture by Mukesh Kumar Singh
Dhubri: Almost two years after he walked out of the Congress alleging betrayal, Abu Taher Bepari formally returned to his old party on Monday, just months ahead of the panchayat elections in Assam.
He requested the people to “forgive” him, saying it is time to “rectify mistakes he had done by joining the BJP”.
Bepari, a prominent leader of the minority community, formally rejoined the Congress in the presence of Assam PCC president and Rajya Sabha MP Ripun Bora during a public meeting at Belguri HS School playground under Golakganj police station in Dhubri district.
Bepari won the Golakganj Assembly seat for the Congress for two consecutive terms – 2006 and 2011.
During the last Assembly elections in 2016, he joined hands with the BJP and was expecting a party ticket, but the BJP gave it to Aswani Roy Sarkar from Golakganj who won the seat by 6,391 votes against his Congress rival Abdus Sobahan Ali Sarkar.
“Although the BJP banked on my secular image, the fact is just the opposite, particularly in the last couple of months during my stay in the BJP. The only hope in the country is the Congress because people are disappointed with the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Assam. That is why I came back to the Congress as there is no alternative in Assam,” he said.
Bora also lambasted the Narendra Modi-led NDA government in New Delhi and the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government in Assam and saying both have cheated the people in the name of achhe din.
Terming the Modi government a government only for capitalists, Bora said during Congress rule there were more than 133 schemes for the welfare of the common people whereas in Modi regime, the schemes like Make-in-India and start-ups have been launched to develop only the multinationals of Adani, and Ambanis among others.
Bora criticised senior cabinet minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his recent initiative of the population bill.
MUKESH KUMAR SINGH – Telegraph India