Guwahati: Reacting to the Gamosa controversy, AIUDF Chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal claimed that the throwing of ‘Assamese Gamosa’ during a public meeting was totally ‘unintentional’.
Ajmal also stated that he and his party members were in a rush amid an election rally due to bad weather conditions, when he unintentionally threw the ‘Gamosa’ at his party member, to which he stressed saying, “I shouldn’t have done that”.
Addressing a public meeting at Jaleshwar’s Gournagar in Goalpara on Thursday, Ajmal said, “We had a rush in the midst of our meeting due to bad weather conditions and our Helicopter pilot told us if the weather condition deteriorates further, travelling might not be possible. During the rush, I might have thrown the Gamosa at my party worker, but it was unintentional. I didn’t intend to disrespect the Gamosa.”
Targeting Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Ajmal claimed that Gamosa is our pride and honour, “What do you know about our Gamosa? We can sacrifice our lives for Gamosa. We can give away anything, but not Gamosa. Gamosa is in our heart and mind. I carry Gamosa along with me during my travel to Delhi, Mumbai, Madras, London and also in America,” added Ajmal.
Notably, a video of a poll rally of Ajmal went viral on Wednesday last in which the leader was seen throwing the Gamosa to a party worker on the stage.
Following this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi lambasted All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal on Thursday for his alleged act of ‘disrespecting’ the traditional Assamese ‘Gamosa’, a traditional scarf and known as the symbol of Assamese society.
Earlier, state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted: “@BadruddinAjmal threw away Assam’s pride ― Gamosa, in utter contempt. This is @INCIndia (Congress)’s & AIUDF’s design to humiliate & disrespect Assam’s culture & heritage. Strongly condemn it. We won’t allow our pride to be tarnished in such a way. People will give a befitting reply.”