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Ajmal sees red in saffron

Guwahati, Nov. 13: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, today accused the BJP of trying to foment communal tension in Assam on the pretext of solving the foreigners problem.

Ajmal told reporters here today that a fresh anti-foreigners movement is nothing but a creation of the BJP and organisations like the VHP for “nasty political gains”.

He said the original spirit of the anti-foreigners movement between 1979 and 1985 is missing in the fresh movement as it is being controlled by leaders like L.K. Advani in New Delhi.

Ajmal held the news conference here after several organisations accused him of communalising the riots that broke out in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) in July.

Ajmal faced the allegation after violence erupted in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan during a protest against alleged atrocities on a minority community in the BTAD areas on August 11.

“The people of Assam must understand the evil design of the fresh anti-foreigners movement. The state, which otherwise has the reputation of maintaining communal harmony across the country, will face more human tragedy in the days to come if we cannot prevent entry of forces like the BJP, VHP and the RSS to solve the burning social and political problems,” Ajmal said.

Voicing serious concern over fresh incidents of violence in Kokrajhar, Ajmal, who is also an MP from Dhubri constituency, said the government had completely failed to seize huge number of illegal arms in the BTAD. He demanded that the government must give an account of number of arms seized after the BTAD riots in July.

“It is pathetic that Assam has now become a land where a farmer faces bullet while working in paddy field. The recent incidents of violence in Kokrajhar have fuelled tension in the adjoining lower Assam districts with an overriding fear that these may once again lead to full-blown riots. The government must immediately take steps to prevent the situation from going out of control and seize all illegal arms,” Ajmal said.

He alleged that the army and police are not doing enough to maintain law and order in the BTAD and restore confidence in the minds of the people. He said the government had failed to distribute enough relief materials to riot victims in BTAD and even stopped relief completely at some places.

Ajmal also appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, chief minister Tarun Gogoi, the home ministry and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary to play effective roles to bring lasting peace in BTAD.