GUWAHATI: Stirring yet another controversy, a video showing supporters of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) shouting slogans like ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ at Silchar airport went viral in Assam.
In the video, hundreds of AIUDF supporters who were waiting outside the airport seen welcoming the party chief and perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal with various slogans including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. Ajmal reached Silchar on Thursday.
Immediately, Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took it to Twitter and posted the video saying the AIUDF supporters as anti-nationals. He wrote: “Look at the brazenness of these fundamentalists anti-national people who are shouting PAKISTAN ZINDABAD while they welcome MP @BadruddinAjmal.”
AIUDF on the other hand rubbished the allegations and alleged that the video was doctored and being circulated with malicious intention to defame the party.
AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam said, “It’s a political conspiracy. Our supporters were shouting ‘Aziz Khan zindabad’. There were security forces all over the airport and if anyone had shouted Pakistan zindabad then they would have surely taken action. It’s a conspiracy by BJP to malign our party image.”
The AIUDF leader went head and said, “BJP fears the ‘grand alliance’ of anti-BJP parties and that’s why they have stooped so low. BJP is only trying to divert public attention from inflation, interstate problems and other development issues and that’s why they are busy making false issues. AIUDF demands a high-level probe into the matter.”
War of words between Ajmal and Sarma has gone up recently as the latter said the AIUDF-Congress alliance would be a ‘Bangladeshi or Pakistani’ government.
“Ajmal’s cabinet will be in Bangladesh or Pakistan. It will never be at Dispur. He does not have that audacity. Ajmal cannot form cabinet here till the last drop of the Assamese people remains,” Sarma said.