AIUDF chief draws flak for asking Muslims to unite against Hindus

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Jan 24, 2016 01:28 IST
All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal addresses a rally at Rangia, Assam. (PTI Photo)

Various political parties and Muslim organisations have criticised All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Maulana Badruddin Ajmal for his call to Muslims in poll-bound Assam to unite against the alleged polarisation of Hindus.

Ajmal, who represents Dhubri constituency in Parliament, had allegedly sought the unity of Muslims at a rally in western Assam on Friday.

“The AIUDF chief is fanning communal passion. He has prepared a blueprint for a Hindu-Muslim riot. This comes in the wake of the Assam Police chief’s disclosure about attempts on social media to motivate Muslims to join the ISIS. The state government should take strong note of Ajmal’s design and foil it,” BJP’s Guwahati MP, Bijoya Chakraborty, said on Saturday.

She also labelled Ajmal as an agent of Bangladeshi Muslims.

The ruling Congress, reportedly weighing a pre-poll alliance with AIUDF, accused Ajmal of planting the seeds of communalism ahead of the assembly polls.

“He should desist from making such statements and stop using religion as a tool to win elections,” Pradesh Congress Committee chief Anjan Dutta said.

An umbrella body of seven Muslim organisations representing Assamese Muslims also came down heavily on Ajmal, urging the state government to take stern action against him.

“We do not subscribe to Ajmal’s brand of divisive politics. He should know he can’t speak for the indigenous Muslims of Assam,” Nekibur Zaman, representing the seven organisations, said.

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