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Ajmal lashes out at Himanta comments

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Nov 2 - A day after State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma�s comment, the AIUDF on Wednesday reacted by claiming that his remarks may trigger communal tension in Assam.

Describing Sarma�s statement as unfortunate, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal mounted a scathing attack on him stating that the �experienced minister� has unfortunately forgotten the oath he had taken to uphold the Constitution. Sarma is talking about division on the basis of religion, he said.

Ajmal, who has been maintaining a stoic silence on the recent developments involving the migrant Hindu Bengalis, attacked Sarma and the State BJP government for allegedly fanning communal tension in the State.

Sarma yesterday had said that it is the party�s policy to differentiate between the Hindu and Muslim migrants and asked the people of Assam to select their enemy, that is, �the 1-1.5 lakh or the 55 lakh people.�

Ajmal expressed his apprehension that Sarma�s statements may worsen the situation in Assam.

Meanwhile, in the face of opposition from the AIUDF, the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is likely to seek a report from the Government of Assam on reports of harassments of minority people in the name of detection of D-voters. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi may also visit Assam later this month.

Announcing this, the AIUDF president told newsmen that a two-member delegation of the Assam State Jamiat-Ulema-e-Hind called on Naqvi today opposing the ongoing encroachment drives and on the issue of D-voters. Ajmal was recently elected president of the Assam State Jamiat. Aminul Islam is its general secretary.

About the D-voters issue, Ajmal said that the BJP came to power in Assam on the strength of �parivartan� and the only work they have undertaken is detention of minority people as D-voters. This can be made from the reports that D-voter population, which was 2.5 lakh a year back has gone up to five lakh.

He also questioned the functioning of the foreigners tribunal claimed that these are not run by former judges of Supreme Court and High Courts and therefore, are unable to deliver proper judgements. Further, police is also harassing the people in the name of D-voters, he alleged.

Replying to questions, he said that the AIUDF is opposed to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The AIUDF has already made its submissions before the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), he disclosed.

Ajmal also alleged that the people, who were evicted from Kaziranga National Park, are yet to receive compensation. Coming out in their support, he said some of the people had land documents dating back to 1950s and 1960s. There was not a single Bangladeshi among those evicted,� he claimed.

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