GUWAHATI: The Axom Xahitya Xabha, Assam Pradesh Congress Committee and other indigenous organisations of the state on Sunday condemned ruling BJP’s Hojai MLA Shiladitya Dev for terming departed litterateur Syed Abdul Malik an ‘intellectual jiahdi’.
Recently, Hojai MLA Dev defamed Malik by alleging that the great literary figure, Malik involved in ‘Intellectual Jihad’ during his life time.
In an official statement, Xabha said, “The controversial statement made by the Hojai MLA over former Sabha president Malik is highly condemnable. We strongly condemn such efforts to defame the noted litterateur who had made immense contribution to the state.”
Leader of opposition of the Assam legislative assembly Debabrata Saikia said, “By making the controversial statement, Dev exposed his own illiteracy and worst mentality in public.”
Saikia also pressed Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to initiate necessary action against Dev.
Earlier, state BJP leader Muminul Aowal also warned Dev to tender an apology before the people of Assam for terming Malik an ‘intellectual jehadi’.
Malik was the president of XAbha in 1977 held at Abhayapuri. Malik received many prizes, including Padmashri, Padma Bhusan, Sahitya Akademi Award, Sankar Dev Award, Xahityacharyya, etc.