A day after senior Assam minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma asked Assamese people to choose their “enemy” from between Hindu and Muslim migrants, Congress leader and former CM Tarun Gogoi wanted to know whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah endorsed what Sarma said.
Meanwhile, protests against Sarna’s statement were organised across the state.
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“I want to know from Modi and Shah whether they too endorse Sarma’s views and whether it is the BJP’s policy to look separately at Hindu and Muslim Bangladeshi infiltrators. I am writing a letter to both of them,” Gogoi said on Wednesday. “I want to ask Modi whether his ‘sabka saath sabka vikaas’ excludes Muslims. I want to know from Modi what his stand is.”
Gogoi said he feared that a section of BJP leaders were out to create tension in Assam. “Sarma, who was in AASU, for some time in ULFA, then AGP and finally in the Congress for 15-16 years, has only after joining the BJP realised that Muslims were out to devour Assam,” he said.
“I still think it is his (Sarma’s) personal remark. But then the fact remains that he was deeply in love with Muslims in 2014 and had even seen Muslims’ blood in water pipes of Modi’s Gujarat during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Now he has swung to the other extreme…,” Gogoi added.
Meanwhile, several groups including AASU, All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva-Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) on Wednesday protested Sarma’s statement. “He is speaking like a fundamentalist. A person uttering such words should not continue as education minister,” said AASU.