Sushmita Dev, Congress leader from Silchar, Assam cried foul play when the Congress procession was stopped by the state authorities citing reasons of corona pandemic. In that, she evoked, that BJP has been holding programs at the same time, then why can’t the Congress?
Dev was quite vocal about the incident. She said, “We are maintaining social distance if the CM of Assam can do a program, why can’t Congress do that? We request that we will maintain social distance even if 5 metres are required”. On being replied that this is not the time for agitation, she said, “agitation is a part of democracy”.
Sushmita Dev (born 25 September 1972) is a politician and a member of the Indian National Congress. She was a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from the constituency of Silchar in Assam. She is currently the president of All India Mahila Congress.
The Corona based politics in Assam and beyond
This issue has brought to concern the politics at work during the Covid19 pandemic. There were such apprehensions shown when the Governor visited the BTR region. Former Congress Veteran Tarun Gogoi also raised the issue of breaking quarantine by Himanta Biswa Sarma during the Manipur political fiasco when he visited the state to save the breakage of the current ruling government. Assam CM Sonowal too visited the Barak Valley for programs at the same time.
This leads to an important, can the disease be used an excuse to curb freedom of expression?
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