Hoarding Row: Assam CM terms it as political conspiracy; Vows for strong action
Guwahati: Amid the hoarding row in Assam’s Barak Valley, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday claimed that some vested interests are trying to make the Hindu Bengalis in Brahmaputra valley vulnerable.
He stated that a ‘political conspiracy’ was behind the latest development where the Assamese language was allegedly ‘insulted’ by Barak Democratic Front (BDF) leader Pradip Dutta Roy.
Addressing the media here in Guwahati, CM Sarma said, “It’s a conspiracy to trigger communal tension between the Barak and Brahmaputra valley. Roy’s act has only pushed the Bengali people living in Brahmaputra valley ‘vulnerable’. The people from Barak valley must understand that Roy is an anti-Bengali person.”
CM Sarma added, “The vested interests are not toeing their agendas against the Assamese people. This is against the Bengalis in Brahmaputra valley. The person is well aware of the fact that there are around 20 lakh Bengalis in Brahmaputra valley, hence, if they commit anything dishonourable action in Barak valley, it will impact in Brahmaputra valley immediately.”
CM Sarma also stated that BDY leader Pradip Dutta Roy is taking him very lightly. “Even if we arrest him for smearing Assamese hoardings, it won’t make a strong case and therefore, we are waiting for the right time for action. A lot of research is ongoing on the matter and I want to assure you that this government is a very strong government. I want the Bengalis in Assam to understand that he is the person who is working against them,” added Sarma.
He also said that a political party trying to spread its tentacles in the state might be behind the developments. “This party wants to destabilize the situation and then encash from it. If we check Roy’s history we can track his contacts,” he added.
Further, the chief minister acknowledged the Bengali organizations in Brahmaputra valley for raising their voice against the alleged ‘insult’ of the Assamese language in Barak valley.
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