Ajmal flays BTAD violence

Silchar, Nov. 19: All India United Democratic Front (AIDUF) president Badruddin Ajmal has criticised Assam chief minister Tarun for going slow in tackling the violence in BTAD just to "safeguard the political interests of the Congress".

Addressing a mammoth gathering at Nilambazar in Karimganj district last evening, Ajmal flayed the recent wave of violence in BTAD and called for an elaborate drive by security forces and police to seize the weapons now being used there with a view to "deny the minority communities the right to stay in the Bodo belt," where, he claimed, they had been staying for a long time.

He said he had a talk with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week about BTAD violence, wherein Singh had assured him that the Centre would tackle the recurring cycle of killing and mayhem there in concert with the state government.

He took a swipe at chief minister Tarun Gogoi, criticising him for his "selfish political motive of going slow in tackling the violence in the Bodo region for safeguarding the interests of the Congress party". He said the Congress could not ensure full protection for Muslims in Assam as its interests lay only in giving lip service to them.

He also condemned the BJP for its "nefarious" role in igniting violence in BTAD in line with its interest of always playing the communal card in politics.

Ajmal said the objective of the AIUDF was to win a sizeable number of seats in the forthcoming panchayat polls in Assam, slated for next year, and to bag around 45 seats in the 2016 Assembly election.

The AIDUF, which debuted in Assam politics in 2006 by wining six Assembly seats, made a big leap forward by increasing the tally to 18 seats in 2011.