Mumbai: THE foreigners’
issue has been hanging as a Damocles sword over the heads of
Assamese since independence and in its name thousands of genuine
Assamese residents – Bengali Hindus and Muslims, have been branded
as Bangladeshis and hounded out of their own land. In wave after
wave, following concocted political agitations, people were
unceremoniously bundled out of the country. This trend has been
given political legitimacy by political free radicals, egged on by
successive Congress governments. Today a few Lacs linguistic
minority – both Muslims and Hindus have become foreigners or
D-voters in their own land!
This was stated emphatically in a press statement by Maulana
Badruddin Ajmal, MP, and the president of the All India United
Democratic Front (AIUDF) and Assam State Jamiat Ulam-e Hind while
commenting on the sorry state of affairs for Assamese Muslims in
response to high-pitched praise of Maulana Syed Arshad Madani
favouring Tarun Gogoi-led Assam government, recently at a public
programme in Nogaon district of Assam.
Maul. Ajmal said that ‘Gopinath Bordoloi’s rule as CM has seen the
displacement of nearly five lakh Muslims on the false charge that
they were Pakistanis living illegally in the state’.
A similar situation arose during the chief ministership of Barmala
Prasad during the 60s when five lakh Muslims were again questioned
on the legitimacy of their citizenship of the country.
Maulana Badruddin Ajmal articulated his despair at the miserable
social conditions of Muslims in the state who have been living
under the poverty line, despite the fact that successive Congress
governments have ruled the state for almost 52 years banking on
Muslim votes. The report recently published by planning commission
reveals that 55 per cent of Assam’s Muslim are below poverty line,
it means they are the poorest one in whole of India, he said.
Maulana Ajmal said that the decades of effort by late Maulana Syed
A’sad Madani and late Shaikh Ahmad Ali in their meetings, protests
and agitations to save the citizenships of millions of poor people
and their linguistic and religious identity, did not bear
desirable fruits because of Congress misrule and apathy towards
Maulana Syed A’sad Madani rallied his supporters to pressurize the
government to adopt change, else the oppressed must find out their
own political way out of Congress’ clutches. So on October 2,
2006, the AIUDF came into being, in a meeting presided over by
none other than Maulana Syed Arsha Madani himself and within a
short span of time has spread its influence beyond the state’s
Maulana Ajmal expressed his dissatisfaction on the progress of the
community in the state under the Congress governance and the role
being played by Maulana Arshad Madani later during 2009 and 2011
elections till date.
The Tarun Gogoi led Congress govt. had mocked people of Assam time
and again, he said, and Mr. Gogoi had fooled some people again
with bundle of false promises – including his promise to resolve
the D-voter issue. What Mr. Gogoi can do, Ajmal asked, as it has
been the business of the Election Commission to add or not to add
the dreaded letter “D” (doubtful) after names given in the voters’
list. The CM’s mere promise makes no sense, he must act, Ajmal
argued, since he had promised the same, many times before but
nothing has been done so far.
The government of the state has presented a very weak plea against
a PIL filed in the Gauhati High Court on the issue of illegal
immigrants. It shows the true intention of the Gogoi government
which wants to keep the citizenship issue pending for electoral
Maulana Ajmal asked a few straight questions to Mr. Tarun Gogoi,
who was applauded by the Arshad Madani fraction of Jamiat at a
public meet recently in Assam. He asked that as per the Planning
Commission report 55 per cent of Assam’s Muslims are below poverty
line, so what practical action plan does the state government have
to bring them in to the mainstream economic segment. On the ratio
of Muslim employment in government offices, Ajmal lamented that it
is still below two per cent only despite protests, agitations and
representations to various governments. It is nowhere near to the
31 per cent share of Muslim population in the state.
He called for an explanation from the Gogoi government and its
diehard supporters such as Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, who take
every opportunity to praise the state government for its efforts.