Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today promised that his party will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the northeast, if elected to power.
Addressing a rally in Arunachal Pradesh’s Itanagar, he said that tthere are some states in the country which require special status because of their “unique problems and difficulties” such as connectivity, terrain, infrastructure, Gandhi said at an election rally.
During the Congress rule at the Centre, he said, Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states used to enjoy special category status. Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the heart of the Congress party and “we would like to have a ‘dil ka rishta’ with the people of the state”, he added.
Rahul Gandhi said the Congress will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is “detrimental” to the people of the northeast. “We will not allow the suppression of the people of northeast,” Rahul Gandhi said.
The Congress chief launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra over the Pulwama terror attack and said that it took almost three-and-a-half hours for the PM to reach the J-K as he was busy posing at the Jim Corbett Park.