Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma termed the intellectuals of the state as ‘extreme’ leftists on Wednesday. Advocating the need of the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Sarma said that it was the left who had spread rumours to fuel the anti CAA movement in the state.
He was attending the release of the book-‘Citizenship Debate over NRC & CAA: Assam and the Politics of History’ authored by Prof Nani Gopal Mahanta, Guwahati University at Srimanta Sankardev International Auditorium, Kalakshetra, here.
“In Assam, the intellectual society is still dominated by left and liberals. Some of them are even more leftist than Karl Marx. Much misinformation was spread by left liberals during CAA protests to drive a wedge in society along linguistic and communal lines. The same group was active during the recently-concluded Assembly polls in Assam. But, we have seen through their game and realised why we need CAA,” Sarma said.
Admitting that in Assam, anti CAA protests have a separate prospective than the protests in Delhi and other parts of the country, the CM said, “In Delhi, people were demanding to include Muslims into the list of people who are to get citizenship. But in Assam, the demand was not to grant citizenship to anyone from any religion.”
Sarma said that his stand on CAA was clear and he would always support it.
“I was and will be backing CAA. But at the same time also need to protect our own culture, language and civilization. I am sure the people of Assam will find a way and we can create a fine balance and contribute in nation building,” he added.