Guwahati, February 16, 2019
Former Chief Minister of Assam and Congress leader Tarun Gogoi launched a scathing attack on Dhing MLA Aminul Islam and called him a ‘Pakistani Agent’ over his Facebook post on the Pulwama terror attack.
Social media users have erupted in response to a post which appeared on a Facebook page goes by the name ‘Aminul Islam, MLA-Dhing’. In the post, Islam questioned why a terrorist attack takes place in Kashmir ahead of every parliamentary election in India.
“The (Facebook) post is shameful. He is undoubtedly a Pakistani agent if he has posted such statements on social media,” he said while addressing a presser in Guwahati on February 16th, 2019.
The attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district that killed more than 40 jawans on February 14th, 2019 is the biggest terror attack in the past five years. The Jaish suicide bomber, identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, rammed an SUV laden with over 250 kg of explosives into the CRPF bus carrying about 40 personnel.
Gogoi also dubbed the regional party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), which recently broke alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam, as “suspicious”. “The current status of the AGP is still suspicious. I will not be surprised if the party goes ahead and renews ties with the BJP,” he said.
Commenting about the Citizenship Bill which lapsed at the Rajya Sabha, he said, “Due to Congress, the Bill was not passed.”
In a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was not tabled in the Upper House of the Parliament on February 13th, 2019. The Bill has lapsed as the Rajya Sabha failed to pass it on the last day of the Budget session.
Gogoi also slammed the government over the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) updation exercise. “Names of around 40 lakh are missing from the final draft of NRC. Most of them have their names enlisted in the voters’ list. While the Lok Sabha elections are around the corner, I hope they would be able to cast their votes,” he said.
The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30th , 2018. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold. The first draft was released on December 31st (midnight), 2017.