"BJP demands that Rahul Gandhi come to Barpeta, kneel down and apologies to the people of Assam and women devotees of the Satra (monastery).
    
"He does not have the right to insult Assamese people and their culture....If he does not do it, then BJP will launch a state-wide agitation against Rahul Gandhi for his insult to the people of Assam and its culture", BJP Election Committee convener Himanta Biswa Sarma said at a press conference here.
    
Sarma was referring to Gandhi's comment earlier this morning that BJP and RSS prevented him from entering the Satra in Barpeta during his 'padyatra' in the town on December 12.
    
"The truth is that Congress and Rahul Gandhi did not have any plan to visit the Satra. They just wanted to start the padyatra from there as a symbol", Sarma, a former Congress minister said.
    
Later in the day when people started reacting to the incident, Gandhi paid a visit to the Satra in the evening, Sarma said.
    
He claimed that Assam PCC president Anjan Dutta had told party workers in the morning about the actual incident. Dutta had told the Congress workers that the party schedule for the padayatra on that day had been delayed by an hour and they had only one chopper instead of two.

As 50,000 people had gathered at the meeting organized by block Congress, the party leaders had decided to go directly to the venue.

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