Guwahati: People wearing ‘Black’ not allowed in BJP’s NEDA meetings
GUWAHATI: Journalists wearing black attire were stopped at the gate of the Sankaradeva Kalakshetra – the venue of the third conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) attended by BJP president Amit Shah. Volunteers and security personnel deployed at the gate stopped journalists wearing black, insisting that the “colour” was not allowed at the meeting.
“They claimed that black dresses were not being allowed inside. But we insisted that there was no dress code for the meeting communicated to the media. After a long argument, the volunteers allowed us in and later apologised,” senior journalist Bikash Singh said.
Amit Shah was greeted with black flags by KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and his supporters who were protesting against the move to amend the Citizenship Act. Akhil Gogoi and dozens of his supporters were taken into preventive custody by the police.
This is not the first time people have been asked to remove their black attire while attending the rallies addressed by BJP leaders.
In January last, journalists in Uttar Pradesh were asked to remove their black attire after they arrived at the venue of a function, attended by BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in Varanasi.
A woman was asked to remove her burkha in November last year after she arrived at a function attended by Adityanath.
In May last year, a journalist wearing a black shirt was denied entry at a function held at Kandla Port Trust, Gandhidham, in which PM Narendra Modi laid foundation of infrastructure projects. The security personnel insisted that they had orders from higher authorities not to allow people wearing black clothing.
(This report was first published in the Assam Tribune)
File photo of 3rd Conclave of NEDA