Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 10: AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal today said that he will seek legal recourse and file an FIR against the Legal Rights Observatory (LRO) after the voluntary group released a video in the social media and accused the Lok Sabha MP of allegedly making a provocative statement during a recent election meeting of the AIUDF.

LRO had yesterday released a video clip in Twitter where Ajmal is seen addressing an election rally.

The video went viral immediately, prompting Ajmal to address the media at Hojai today and term the video as doctored.

“A video became viral yesterday which has been released by LRO, which is the same organization that had some time ago launched accusations against me personally as well as against the Ajmal Foundation and the Markazul Maarif. It is a fake NGO with no address and nobody knows the identity of the persons who run LRO. That same NGO yesterday released a video with an intention to sabotage our electoral prospects in Assam. They seem not to know that the Indian National Congress has never acted in a communal manner and that the AIUDF has also never promoted communalism or given any communal statement,” Ajmal said.

He added, “The fake video that was released tries to show as if I had said that the Mughals ruled India for 800 years, the British ruled India for 200 years and that now the Congress-AIUDF will create an Islamic State in Assam. That is one hundred per cent fake. An ‘adulterated’ video is being spread. Parts of the speech have been merged to make this and project that if Congress-AIUDF alliance comes to power, it will make Assam an Islamic State.”

Ajmal also showed what he claimed to be the full video of the event, which was held in Barpeta district.

In the video of the event released by Ajmal, he is seen telling the crowd that the Mughals ruled India for 800 years but never dreamt of making the country an Islamic State and the British who ruled India for 200 years also never tried to make India a Christian State. He is further heard saying that the Congress party has ruled India for 55 out of the 70 years post Independence but it never attempted to make the country a Hindu State.

Ajmal is then heard saying that Narendra Modi should also not dream of converting India into a Hindu Rashtra.

During today’s media conference, Ajmal said that any attempt to break the Congress-AIUDF alliance will fail.

Ajmal said that he will file an FIR against the LRO.

Asked who may be behind the spreading of the video, he did not give a direct reply and said, “Who are our rivals? Our rivals are the BJP, the AGP, the AJP and the Raijor Dal. These four parties have come together and are working against us.”

Ajmal said the grand alliance will win enough seats to form the next government at Dispur.

The AIUDF will contest from a total of 20 seats, including five constituencies where it will have friendly contests with the Congress.

Ajmal exuded confidence about the AIUDF winning 18 seats.

Asked about the Chief Minister’s post, he said, “The party which secures the maximum number of seats has the right to claim the CM’s post.”