New Delhi, Feb 23: All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) president Badruddin Ajmal on Thursday slammed Army Chief Bipin Rawat for his Bangladeshi immigrant remark and said that there is no bigger insult than being called Bangladeshi when you are a citizen of India. Addressing a press conference in Guwahati, the AIUDF chief stated,”We respect General Rawat a lot but I think he has been misinformed and misguided. People say we are a Muslim party which is false. We’ve always given 20-25 seats to our Hindu brothers in all elections. Muslims brothers had also laid down their lives for the freedom struggle. We’re Indians. Let us live with the dignity of an Indian.”
Earlier on micro-blogging site Twitter, the AIUDF chief had termed Rawat’s statement political and shocking. “General Rawat has made a political statement, shocking! Why is it a concern for the Army Chief that a political party, based on democratic and secular values, is rising faster than BJP?” Ajmal’s tweeted in response to Rawat’s statement.
“The Army chief was referring to reports of increase in Muslim population in several Assam districts. Alternative parties like the AIUDF and the AAP have grown because of the misgovernance of big parties,” Ajmal added.
He also tagged the tweets to Twitter handles of Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Prime Minister’s Office asking them to “please take note”. Ajmal also added he has ‘full faith’ in Rawat and that protecting the country is his job.
On Wednesday, while addressing a seminar in New Delhi, the Army chief had said that a “planned” influx of people from Bangladesh into the Northeast is taking place as part of proxy warfare by Pakistan with support from China with an aim to keep the area disturbed. He had also remarked that Assam’s All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) “has grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP grew over the years.”
” When we talk of Jan Sangh with two MPs and where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam,” the Army chief had said.
However, the Indian Army on Thursday clarified that the comparison drawn between the BJP and AIUDF saying it was neither political nor religious in nature as he only mentioned the “amalgamation and development in the seminar on North-East organised at DRDO Bhawan.”