BONGAIGAON, July 23 � Minority student groups have opposed the exclusion of Assam Cooperation and Border Development Minister Siddique Ahmed from the State Council of Ministers by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday.
Protesting against the development, activists of the All Assam Minority Students� Union and the All BTAD Students� Union jointly burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister on the National Highway 31C at Bortola in Chirang district today.
AAMSU general secretary Rezaul Karim Sarkar said that Ahmed had to pay the price for raising his voice against the killing of minority people in the BTAD. Ahmed had been made a scapegoat both by the Chief Minister and dissident minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Sarkar added.
The AAMSU leader warned that in the 2016 Assembly polls, they would give a befitting reply to the Congress party. He also alleged that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi was anti-minority.
�Himanta Biswa Sarma is more responsible than the Chief Minister in making Siddique Ahmed a scapegoat as nobody in the dissident camp raised his voice after Ahmed was dropped from the ministry,� said ABMSU general secretary Lafiqul Islam.
Since the ABMSU is confined to the BTAD area alone, the student body would chalk out a political strategy against the Congress in the BTAD like it did in the last Lok Sabha polls, Islam said.