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Assam elections 2016: Both BJP, Congress are communal, say AIUDF chief

'Both Congress and BJP are similar as far as their communal character is concerned,' said Ajmal.

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All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal.

All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal has said both Congress and BJP are communal parties.

“Both Congress and BJP are similar as far as their communal character is concerned. Both parties have been playing communal politics to keep the minorities under a state of fear and insecurity,” Ajmal told The Indian Express.

“Congress has played this mischief for the past 68 years. It is out and out an anti-minority party. This time it is going to be paid back in compound interest for the gross injustice it has done to minorities all these decades,” he said.

He said Congress’s claim that AIUDF had a ‘nexus’ with BJP and BJP’s claim that the party had links with Congress were untrue. “The reality is that both parties now fear AIUDF because we are improving our position with every passing day,” he said. The Dhubri MP said BJP’s alliance with AGP and Bodo People’s Front would benefit Congress.

Ajmal said his party will contest 60 seats in the upcoming polls. “We are contesting 60 seats. Contrary to popular belief that we only represent migrant Muslims, we will field many non-Muslims,” he said. On BJP state president and CM candidate Sarbananda Sonowal, he said, “Sonowal lacks self-confidence. His dream of becoming CM will remain a dream. His situation has become worse after BJP took in former Congress leader Himanta Biswa Sarma.” AIUDF won 10 Assembly seats in 2006 within a year of its formation. It went on to win three Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 election.