New Delhi: IMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday criticised General Bipin Rawat for talking about the rise of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in Assam, saying the Army chief should not interfere in political matters as it is not his work to comment on the rise of a political party.
In a tweet, Owaisi also reminded General Rawat that the Army will always work under an elected civilian leadership in India.
Underlining that the “population dynamics” of the North-East region can no longer be changed, the Army chief on Wednesday referred to the “faster pace” of growth of AIUDF in Assam.
Speaking at a seminar on ‘North East Region of India — Bridging Gaps and Securing Borders’, organised by the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies and Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff of the Ministry of Defence, General Rawat said, “I don’t think you can now change the population dynamics of this area. If it was five districts to eight to nine… the inversion has taken place, whichever be the government.”
“There is a party called AIUDF, if you look at… they have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP has grown over the years. When we talk of Jan Sangh with two Members of Parliament and where they have reached, AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in the state of Assam. Finally, what will be the state of Assam, we will have to take a call,” he said.
“I think we have to understand, we got to appreciate to live with all the people we live in the region, irrespective of their caste, creed, religion or sex. I think if we understand that, we can live together happily but the best part is to amalgamate the kind of people that are living there, than identifying the people trying to create trouble for us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aminul Islam, AIUDF MLA said that their party is working for the downtrodden and that’s why AIUDF’s popularity is growing faster than BJP.
“We are hopeful that people of Assam irrespective of caste and creed, will accept AIUDF and our party will come to power soon said Islam.