BREAKING: ULFA (I) Demands PM Modi’s Apology for Remarks on Lachit Borphukan
GUWAHATI: The Ulfa (Independent) on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologize for his ‘mistake’ while he dubbed Ahom general Lachit Borphukan as a freedom fighter from Assam.
Recently, PM Modi in his speech during the launch of Amrit Mahotsav to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence in Ahmedabad while remembering the legends of the freedom fight of India, mentioned Borphukan as one of the greatest freedom fighters from Assam.
On Tuesday, Ulfa (I) in an email statement said, “PM Modi has distorted the history of Assam like the Nazis had distorted the history of Europe. PM Modi’s mistake is unacceptable and we demand his apology.”
Lachit Borphukanm was the 17th Century general of Assam’s erstwhile Ahom kingdom who was the ‘hero’ of the Battle of Saraighat who led the battle that defeated the Mughal forces’ for capturing Assam in 1671. The Ahom general had died on April 25, 1672, two centuries before the starting of India’s freedom struggle.
Immediately, the Opposition party of Congress came down heavily on the PM for his ‘lack of knowledge’ of Assam.
Assam Congress spokesperson Rituparna Konwa said, “It proves that the BJP has used the Battle of Saraighat as a tagline for their campaign in 2016. It’s shameful that the PM who always seen to be proudly wearing Assamese Gamosa, doesn’t know Assam’s history. He seems to be just speaking the lines written on the teleprompter.”