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Army Chief's comments similar to ones made by BJP, RSS spokespersons: AIUDF

Thursday February 22, 2018 11:47 PM, & Agencies

Badruddin Ajmal AIUDF

New Delhi/Guwahati: Taking a strong exception of Bipin Rawat's comments, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) on Thursday urged President of India Ram Nath Kovind to take note of it, saying the Army Chief's comments were similar to the ones made by BJP and RSS spokespersons.

"The remarks are unbecoming of an army chief. Bipin Rawat had in the past also commented on the curriculum in Jammu & Kashmir. His remarks are beyond his scope of duties. His statements are similar to ones made often by BJP and RSS spokespersons", AIUDF General Secretary Aminul Islam said while addressing a press conference in Guwahati.

"If he wants to join politics, he should complete his tenure and then shift to politics. His comments gave a feeling that he wants to please someone for a plum political post", Aminul Islam said, according to CNN News18.

Speaking at a conference on the Northeast in the Capital on Wednesday, Rawat said, "I think the government is looking at the Northeast with correct perspective. With development will come control of the people residing in this area. I don’t think now you can change the population dynamics of this region. There is a party called AIUDF. It has grown at a faster rate than the BJP has over the years."

Slamming the Army Chief, AIUDF President Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi in a separate statement appealed the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, President of India, Ram Nath Kovind to take note of it. “It is not the domain of army chief to monitor the rise and fall of a political party. He has overstepped his role", Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi, who is a member of Parliament, said.

"We are Indians, give us the right to live as Indians and stop calling us Bangladeshi immigrants since we called for the fencing of the borders. We have always supported the Assam Accord of 1971 and people's identity should be enquired on the basis of this", he said.

Badruddin Ajmal also said that by admitting that there is still infiltration, he has questioned the Border security Force which is manning the international border. “Rawat is misinformed. If required I will go and meet Rawat," he said.

Meanwhile, the Army defended its chief Bipin Rawat’s comments about the rise of a political party in the Northeast on the back of Muslim support, saying there was “nothing political or religious in the talk”.

“There is nothing political or religious in the talk. Army Chief just mentioned amalgamation and development in the seminar on North-East organised at DRDO Bhawan on 21 Feb 18,” the Army said.

Rawat's comments were also condemned by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi. Contending that it was not his work to comment on the rise of a political party, Owaisi said that “democracy and Constitution” allow different political parties to grow and “Army will always work under an Elected Civilian leadership".

The AIUDF was founded by Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi in October 2005 and at that time, its name was Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF). It was relaunched as a national party under its current name at a press meet in New Delhi on 2nd February 2009. The party's headquarter is in Guwahati. Winning 18 of 126 seats in the 2011 Legislative Assembly election, the AIUDF became the principal opposition party in Assam.

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