GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lambasted All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal on Thursday for his alleged act of ‘disrespecting’ the traditional Assamese ‘Gamosa’, a traditional scarf and known as the symbol of Assamese society.
A video of a poll rally of Ajmal went viral on Wednesday in which the leader was seen throwing the Gamosa to a party worker on the stage.
For PM Modi, Ajmal’s act was highly insulting and it has displayed AIUDF’s ‘respect’ for the Assamese society.
He said, “The Mahajot(Congress-led grand alliance in which AIUDF is an ally) has insulted our state symbol, the Gamusa that we wear with pride. It clearly shows their anti-Assamese agenda. The people of Assam will never forgive them.” PM Modi was campaigning in Kokrajhar on Thursday.
The PM has been seen wearing the Assamese Gamosa on several occasions.
Following the video gone viral, state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted: “@BadruddinAjmal threw away Assam’s pride ― Gamosa, in utter contempt. This is @INCIndia (Congress)’s & AIUDF’s design to humiliate & disrespect Assam’s culture & heritage. Strongly condemn it. We won’t allow our pride to be tarnished in such a way. People will give a befitting reply.”
The BJP has been bashing Congress in the entire poll campaigns for joining hands with AIUDF. The saffron party which was eyeing for a second term in the state claimed that if came to power, AIUDF included Mahajot would open the flood gate for illegal infiltrators threatening Assam’s identity and future.
Ajmal, however, yet to react on the incident.