On Monday, An annoying state of affairs erupted in Assam’s Haiboragaon after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was denied by the government to visit the Sri Sri Sankar Dev Satra temple in Bordua. Gandhi, alongside other Congress leaders, was halted at Haiboragaon and not allowed to move into Assam temple. The former Congress leader was making plans to pay respects to the neighbourhood deity earlier than starting his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra on Monday.
Congress leaders on protest
Mahila Congress leaders then sat on a dharna to protest against the refusal of permission for Gandhi to go to the temple. Authorities stated Gandhi could be granted permission to visit the temple at 3 PM.
Gandhi challenged the police on why he was being averted from visiting the temple. “We do now not need to create any trouble; surely pray at the temple,” Gandhi instructed the police authorities.
Heavy Security, Road Blockade Around Temple
Strict safety arrangements, deployment of a huge police force and blockade of roads have been in the area across the Sri Sri Sankar Dev Satra temple. Except for the local MP and MLA, no Congress chief was approved to travel beyond Haiboragaon, which is around 20 km from the temple spot. Even the media group was now not allowed to journey beyond Haiboragaon.
Congress Sewa Dal leader Lalji Desai said it was “shameful” that the high minister and Assam chief minister have been no longer letting them pray at the temple. “This is atrocious. It is unfortunate that the PM will decide who will pray at what time in the country, he stated.
“There isn’t any ‘loktantra’ right here, and the government will determine while humans will pray at temples,” he stated.
What Rahul Gandhi says
The Congress chief was set to give obeisance to deity of locals before initiate the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. He also claimed he was denied access in spite of keeping permission for the same. I will visit Sankardeva’s birthplace once I get the permission.”
Speaking to journalists, Gandhi stated, “Srimanta Sankardev contemplated the concept of Assam, and I thought that I have to pay his respects as we strive to stroll on his route. He is sort of a guru to us, and that is why I had the idea to visit Batadrava Than. I was invited by them. However, I wasn’t allowed to go to (the shrine), mentioning the regulation and order scenario. However, it’s come to know that Gaurav Gogoi can pass there; however, I am no longer allowed.
Commenting on the development, senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh these days stated, “Rahul Gandhi wanted to head there. We were attempting because January 11, and of our MLAs met the Management for the equal.” Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Sunday, said Rahul Gandhi must avoid touring the birthplace of Srimanta Sankardeva at Batadrava on January 22 (today), as there can be no competition among Lord Ram and the medieval age Vaishnav saint respected as an icon in the nation.