Three days after senior Assam BJP leader and minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stirred a hornet’s nest by saying that the Assamese community could be saved only with the support of Hindu Bengali migrants from Bangladesh, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said his government would safeguard the interests of all indigenous people.
“This government assumed charge with support from all indigenous people and is thus fully committed to protecting their culture, language and tradition. Our government will safeguard the interest of all indigenous people in right earnest,” Sonowal said. He was speaking at the third annual convention of the United Bodo People’s Organisation in Guwahati.
Sonowal announced that the BJP-led government would soon resume the eviction drive, this time targeting tribal land that has been under encroachment. The chief minister did not say anything on Sarma’s statement asking the people of Assam to identify its “enemy” in order to protect their identity.