‘Grand Alliance’ Partners Left Red Faced by Ajmal’s Communal Election Pitch
GUWAHATI: All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal’s communal overtone that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will demolish 3,500 mosques in the country if it is voted to power again has left its partners in the ‘Grand Alliance’ red faced.
The partners in the alliance led by Congress ran for cover after AIUDF chief, in a public rally in Dhubri said, “The BJP has a list of 3,500 mosques in the country. If it comes to power again
at the Centre again, they will demolish all those mosques.”
Clearly the statement is being seen at polarizing the voters ahead of the election as Ajmal also said that if BJP comes to power again in the state it will not let Muslim women wear burqa.
The Congress which is facing intra party revolt for teaming up with AIUDF was embarrassed with Maulana’s comment. “We will ask Ajmal about such comments since he is a part of the Grand Alliance. Congress will never do it,” Ripun Bora, Congress President said over his party’s new alliance partner’s controversial election pitch.
Ajmal’s party, which was formed in 2005, has a strong base among Muslim settlers from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). It has 14 seats in the 126-member Assam assembly.
“I have not listened to the speech…if Mr Ajmal has said so it’s wrong…he should rather talk about NRC, Assam Accord etc,” Ajit Bhuyan, founder of Anchalik Gana Morcha one of the partners in the Grand alliance told G Plus.
Congress, along with five other parties, had signed up with Badruddin Ajmal to form a six-party pre-poll alliance. The other four partners in this alliance are the three Left parties CPI, CPI-M and CPI-ML and the newly-formed Anchalik Gana Morcha (AGM) led by journalist-turned-politician and Rajya Sabha MP Ajit Kumar Bhuyan.
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