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Suspended MLA blames AIUDF chief

Silchar/Guwahati, Feb. 8: AIUDF MLA Ataur Rahman Mazarbhuiya, who was suspended from the party yesterday for being absent during the Rajya Sabha polls, today alleged that he was a “victim” of party president Badruddin Ajmal’s autocratic politics.

The Opposition received a major jolt when Mazarbhuiya on Thursday declared that he would not be able to reach Guwahati in time to cast his vote for the Rajya Sabha election.

Mazarbhuiya, an MLA from Katigora constituency in Cachar district, who was in Mecca to perform Haj, was suspended yesterday for an indefinite period for not arriving on time to cast his vote.

Mazarbhuiya, who was in New Delhi today, told The Telegraph over phone that it was Ajmal who gave him the permission to go to Mecca. He said Ajmal had even assured him of handling the situation in case of any urgency in the Rajya Sabha election.

“Now, Ajmal sahab has made a U-turn and is blaming me. He wants yes men around him and I am not that. He did not like me so he ousted me from the party. He has done these kinds of things in the past with many party workers and now I have become a victim. I had sensed much earlier that this kind of situation will be created by him (Ajmal) to throw me out of the party,” Mazarbhuiya said.

He said he was aware of the Rajya Sabha poll when he left for Mecca on January 24 and had discussed the matter with Ajmal.

On Ajmal managing his return ticket from Mecca, Mazarbhuyia said, “Yes, he tried and a man on his behalf also tried for the ticket. But when I got the ticket on February 5 night I did not have enough time to collect my passport, which was then with the travel agent in Jeddah and I was in Medina.”

“This is my party and I have been with the party since its birth. There is no reason to leave the party. This is a conspiracy against me and I will surely clarify myself in front of the public and the media,” he said. Ajmal and other top brass of the AIUDF could not be contacted for reactions on Mazarbhuiya’s allegation.

Senior AIUDF MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed denied the charges leveled by Mazarbhuiya against Ajmal.

AGP MLA Padma Hazarika, who was suspended for six years yesterday on the charge of intentional casting of invalid vote, today said the party leadership had no right to suspend him, as he was not associated with any party activity for the last two years. “The AGP leadership totally ignored my existence in the party. So naturally I have ceased to be an AGP leader,” he said.

Members of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today burned effigies of the six MLAs whose votes were cancelled in yesterday’s polls. The KMSS alleged that cancellation of six votes had ensured sweeping of the Rajya Sabha poll by the Congress. He also alleged that this was the outcome of the Congress’s horse-trading during the election.

In a sudden development that lasted for 15 minutes, a group of six individuals under the banner of KMSS staged a naked protest in front of the old Assam secretariat building at Dispur against alleged horse-trading in the February 7 Rajya Sabha poll.

KMSS president Akhil Gogoi, however, told The Telegraph that the naked protesters were in no way associated with the KMSS and the organisation did not have any role in the incident.