GUWAHATI: Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday turned quite furious upon the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) and its president Ripun Bora and said that the opposition party has fallen down to the feet of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal.
The Assam government’s senior cabinet minister made the ‘derogatory’ remark while coming to know that the APCC filed an FIR against him at the Bangagarh police station on Monday evening.
In the FIR, the APCC requested the Bangagarh police to register a case under section 153(A) of Indian Penal Code and also under section 67 of the Information Technology Act against Himanta Biswa Sarma and also to investigate the matter.
“It will be pertinent to mention herein that the said accused person has a habit of making loose and communally sensitive statements and at a time when assembly election is round the corner such statement can create communal tension. Therefore to maintain peace, the arrest of the said accused person is of utmost importance so that he can be restrained from indulging in activities prejudicial to communal harmony,” the DFIR added.
Taking cognizance of the FIR, the minister said, “My allegation was against the Badruddin Ajmal. Ajmal should have filed an FIR against me why Ripun Bora? Is Bora an agent of Badruddin Ajmal? Congress has fallen down to the feet of Badruddin Ajmal.”
Sarma also dared the APCC president to check Court records how many times people chanted Pakistan Zindabad slogans earlier in places like Karimganj, Hailakandi and Barpeta.
On November 6, Sarma on his Facebook page posted a video and said, “Look at the brazenness of these fundamentalists anti-national people who are shouting Pakistan Zindabad while they welcome MP Ajmal. This thoroughly exposes Indian National Congress which is encouraging such forces by forging an alliance. We shall fight them tooth and nail. Jai Hind.”
It needs mention here that the Minister’s post went viral and create a wave of criticism from across the state. Facebook on Saturday flagged the video uploaded by Sarma on AIUDF supporters chanting Pakistan Zindabad slogans at Silchar Airport claiming it was ‘false information and checked by independent fact-checkers.’ Significantly, the same controversial video was restored by Facebook on Monday.