In conversation with the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti president about his time in jail under BJP rule in Assam, the issues in the state, his organisation’s plans to venture into electoral politics and more.
The Assam police has, however, slapped another charge on him on the basis of an FIR filed in the state’s Goalpara district in September.
Gogoi has been charged of “waging war against the state” by urging people at a public rally to pick up guns.
First arrested by the state police on charges of sedition, Gogoi was rearrested under the National Security Act by the BJP-led state government on September 25.
Gogoi was accused by the state police of instigating the public to take up arms against the government at a rally held in Moran town near Dibrugarh on September 12.
While the state BJP president has justified the move as an attempt at integrating Assam into mainstream India, student bodies and several others see it as a way of suppressing sub-nationalism and spreading the Hindutva agenda.
Two protestors were killed while villagers demonstrated against an eviction drive in Nagaon, Assam and demanded compensation and rehabilitation.
The amount paid to the chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal, is only a small part of the Rs 10,000 crore sought by him from the Centre to meet the committed liabilities that he inherited from the Gogoi government.
Promises made by the BJP and a shifting vote base in Majuli, Jorhat district, Assam seems to be tilting the balance in favour of the BJP.
In conversation with The Wire, Akhil Gogoi talks about the Assam elections, student politics, the accusation of being a Maoist and more