The Necessity of a Namghar

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The Necessity of a Namghar

Saumya Mishra | February 08, 2020 12:50 hrs

A Namghar will be set up for the Assamese people residing in Delhi, if BJP comes to power. This was promised by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal recently while he was campaigning for the Delhi assembly elections.

In an aggressive approach adopted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to go all out on their campaigning, the party brought out three chief ministers from the northeast - Assam, Tripura and Manipur - to campaign in Delhi for BJP candidates.    

The voting for the Delhi assembly polls is set to take place on February 8, while the counting of votes will take place on February 11. 

While the leaders from the BJP have gone to Delhi for campaigning, it needs to be asked if the top saffron party leaders from the national party will descend from the capital to woo voters and seek their votes during campaigning for the upcoming Assam assembly elections in 2021. 

The promise of a Namghar in Delhi by CM Sonowal has made several people question the necessity of the same. 

Upon hearing the news, a friend of mine remarked, “Instead of focussing on building a Namghar, if the BJP constructs hostels for students from Assam residing in Delhi, it would come as a huge relief for them.”

I can’t help but agree with his remark as this becomes reminiscent of the queen of France who said during the French Revolution, “Let them eat cake” upon being told that her subjects had no bread to eat and were starving. 

Also, in my opinion the party would earn more credibility from the people if it focuses on development and progressive measures instead of spending its energy on religion, faith and identity politics.

While the results of the Delhi elections could be a pointer to a number things, BJP losing there would surely come as a dent to the party’s overall morale.

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