GUWAHATI: The Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia slammed the ruling BJP of trying to ‘polarize’ the Assamese society by creating a controversy in the pretext of the proposed ‘Miya’ museum at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra.
Saikia said that the ruling government has been trying to mislead the people of the state. “While the proposal was for a museum reflecting the culture and heritage of the people living in Char-Chaporis of Assam, the ruling party leaders are trying to identify the people living in these areas as Miyas. It’s not true. Not only Muslims but also people from various ethnic groups live in Assam’s char areas and that’s why the government has a department for the development of char areas.”
He informed that the assembly standing committee which suggested the museum had 15 members including eight from the ruling alliance. Congress and All Indian United Democratic Front (AIUDF) had two members each.
“This is nothing but a tactic to polarize society in the name of religion. Even the chief minister’s own constituency of Majuli has char areas where numbers of indigenous people live. The ruling party only trying to mislead the public and to create a controversy to divert the attention from the important issues,” Saikia added.
The Congress leader however also did not advocate the setting up of a museum now. He said, “There are more important areas that need to be focused now. The development of char areas people, their education and transportation are something that needs to be addressed on priority.”
On Monday morning, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the state government would continue to uphold the ideology of Srimanta Sankardeva at any cost. He was reacting to the questions of Congress legislature Sherman Ali Ahmed’s proposal to set up a museum reflecting the culture and heritage of the people living in char-chaporis of Assam at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra.
Sonowal said, “The Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra was set up based on the great ideologies of the Mahapurush (saint) and we will keep it alive.”