Former Assam agriculture minister and Congress leader Nilamani Sen Deka’s controversial comments on Union HRD minister Smriti Irani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi triggered widespread protests across the state on Monday.
BJP workers staged protests against the Congress leader’s derogatory remarks, which he made at a party meeting on Sunday and apologised promptly after the statement became a huge controversy. BJP supporters gathered outside Sen Deka’s house. They demanded action against Sen Deka, burnt his effigy and shouted slogans against the ruling party in the state. A BJP functionary filed an FIR in Kamrup district against the Congress leader.
State BJP president and Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal said: “It reflects the polluted and perverted mind of the Congress.” Chief minister Tarun Gogoi called Sen Deka’s remarks despicable and unwarranted. “I disapprove such comments … this is not the culture of Congress. I am happy that Nilamani Sen Deka understood his fault and tendered an unconditional apology.”
BJP national secretary Ram Madhav condemned Deka’s remarks. “It was a shameful assertion by the Congress leader towards Irani,” he tweeted.
Police detained several BJP workers, including women, when they protested outside Assam Congress unit headquarters. Many people were wounded when the protest triggered a clash between supporters of the two parties.
The BJP accused the Congress of attacking its supporters when they protesting peacefully. “This is not an isolated incident. It was planned attack. We will file an FIR against seven Congress workers who had attacked our people with lathis and stones,” Sonowal said.