NEW DELHI, Nov 27 - The BJP on Friday targeted Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for his statement that �Hindi-speaking people are trying to invade Assam�.
Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, during a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the commitment to India�s Constitution as part of the 125th birth anniversary celebration of Dr BR Ambedkar, charged the Chief Minister of Assam with trying to create social tension in the State with such statements.
Stating that Hindi is a commonly spoken language in the country, including Assam, Naidu asked, �What made the Chief Minister of Assam say three days back that Hindi-speaking people are trying to capture the State?�
�It is a very serious issue, when the Chief Minister of a State says that Hindi-speaking people are trying to capture that State. Such statements are not going to help in preserving the unity and integrity of the country,� he alleged.
Naidu�s charge led to an uproar in the House, with Congress MPs Gaurav Gogoi and Sushmita Dev taking the lead.
Amidst the interruptions, the Union Minister asked, �Do you want to see the statement of the Assam Chief Minister? The statement which appeared in a daily on November 25 said �Sri so and so won�t let leaders speaking Hindi invade.� I can submit that paper to the House also. You can study and put it on record as well.�
Chief Minister Gogoi, a couple of days back, had targeted BJP secretary Mahendra Singh, stating that �Hindi-speaking national leaders are trying to invade Assam�.
�The Hindi-speaking people are coming to invade Assam and we will not allow it,� Gogoi had said.