All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and Lok Sabha member from Assam Badruddin Ajmal on Saturday apologized for his remarks allegedly targeting the Hindu community and said he was ashamed of the controversy it had created. Police complaints have been filed against Ajmal in several parts of the state over his remarks. He, however, said that his remarks were twisted and he had not targeted any particular community.
Ajmal’s political opponents linked his remarks to the Gujarat assembly elections. He alleged that the AIUDF chief was following in his footsteps to save the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is trying to retain power in Gujarat. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) burnt Ajmal’s effigy in Guwahati, accusing him of colluding with the BJP over his controversial remarks. However, the BJP appeared to shy away from Ajmal’s remarks.
Ajmal told reporters at the Hojai railway station in central Assam, “I did not target any person or use the word Hindu. I didn’t want to break anyone’s heart. But it became an issue and I’m sorry for that, I’m embarrassed about it. This should not have happened to a senior person like me.” Ajmal claimed that his remarks had been twisted.
Earlier, the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) on Saturday lodged a complaint with the police in Assam against AIUDF MP Badruddin Ajmal for his remarks regarding women and the Hindu community. AJP vice-president Dulu Ahmed lodged a complaint at the Hatigaon police station here, while in Hailakandi the party’s chief convenor there lodged a complaint. Confirming the receipt of the complaint, the police said that investigation has begun. Ahmed said immediate action has been sought against AIUDF MP Ajmal over his statement as it has triggered a widespread reaction in the society and may lead to communal violence.
Ajmal had made comments on women, Hindu men and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma in an interview on Friday. He reportedly advised Hindus to marry young and produce more children like Muslims. Ajmal’s political opponents linked his statement to the Gujarat assembly elections and alleged that the AIUDF president was acting at the behest of the BJP to save his party. At the same time, BJP spokesperson Ranjib Sharma said, “The words used by Ajmal against our Chief Minister should be challenged by the entire civilized society.”
BJP MLA Digant Kalita asked the Muslim community to stand against Ajmal. Congress state unit president Bhupen Bora expressed apprehension of a conspiracy between Ajmal and the Chief Minister in this matter. Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Debabrata Saikia (Congress) also said that it has to be ascertained whether there was a nexus between the BJP and the AIUDF behind Ajmal’s statements.
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