By Shabana Islam Laskar
New Delhi/Guwahati, February 22: Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s statement on the rise of Badruddin Ajmal led political party in Assam has attracted a stern reaction from the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asauddin Owaisi.
Army Chief Bipin Rawat in an event on Wednesday in New Delhi reportedly said that the influx of illegal Muslim migrants in Assam is the reason behind the speedy growth of a political party All India United Democratic Front led by a Muslim business giant Badruddin Ajmal in Assam. He said that the party has grown much faster than BJP in the State due to the support of the illegal migrants.
Rawat has reportedly stated that due to the favour extended by the Muslim sympathetic party to the illegal immigrants in Assam the Muslim population is gradually increasing in several districts. He added that the Muslim population is increasing in around eight districts of Assam and that efforts must be initiated to unite the people of the State about the issue.
AIMIM Chief Asauddin Owaisi reacted to the statements made by Rawat by saying that an Army Chief should make political comments and it is out of their jurisdiction. Owaisi further stated that the Constitution of India allows a political party to be formed and extended.
Owaisi reportedly expressed discontent by saying that an Army Chief should not interfere in the political matters as it is not their job and the duty of the Army is only to perform under elected leadership.