Mr Singh was asked whether Tarun Gogoi's government was as much responsible in Assam as Narendra Modi's government allegedly was. The Congress general secretary refused to compare the situations of the two states saying, "What happened in Gujarat is different from that in Assam. In Gujarat, the administration was helping the rioters. It is not the case here."
Praising Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Mr Singh claimed, "Tarun Gogoi and the whole administration tried to control the situation immediately."
Supporting Gogoi and his government in the state, Mr Singh stated, "Tarun Gogoi's performance should not be judged by only one incident."
Clarifying the state and central government actions, Mr Singh also informed that they have been trying to identify the illegal migrants in the area. A Special court at district level has already been set up, informed Mr Singh.
Mr Singh also defended the delayed decision of deploying army at the tensed area. "In such a situation, the state has to give the district enough time to control the situation, the Army can't be brought immediately," said the general secretary of the Congress.
"There has been a history of violence in the area. The issue is that the growth of Muslim from 1991 to 2001 is consistent with the other parts of the country," added Singh.
According to media reports on Thursday, Jul 26, 41 people died during the riots in clashes between minority immigrants and Bodos in lower Assam's Dhubri. The situation in the state worsened with a fresh violence in Baksa district. More than 2 lakh people have been displaced and are taking shelter at various relief camps.