Congress blames state govt’s ‘sycophancy’ for CJI fiasco at Kamakhya temple

Guwahati: Senior Congress leader Debabrata Saikia Sunday blamed the state government’s “sycophancy” for the “unfortunate” incident during CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s visit to the Kamakhya temple. The Leader of the Opposition in the Assam assembly said the incident had exposed the “desperate attempt” by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime to “please” their “political masters”. The Chief Justice of India (CJI) and his wife had visited the temple on Wednesday when devotees, including VVIPs such as BJP president Amit Shah, were also there to offer prayers.

The CJI had expressed his displeasure to Kamrup (Metro) district Deputy Commissioner Virender Mittal over the “crowd management” at the temple. Following this, the BJP led Assam government Saturday suspended Guwahati (west) Deputy Commissioner of Police Bhanwar Lal Meena for not ensuring adequate security to the Supreme Court judge. It has “once again exposed the desperate attempt by the state government to please political personalities belonging to the ruling dispensation by using government machinery,” Saikia said in a statement here.

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