After Army Chief General Bipin Rawat made the statement that AIUDF has grown faster than the BJP over the years because of the demographical changes in Assam, party president Badruddin Ajmal said that the statement is "political and shocking." By making such a statement, the Army chief has indulged in politics which is against the constitutional mandate given to him, president of All India United Democratic Front said.
"If Army chief is saying that demographic change is happening in Assam then it is the government's job to check it. We are the only party which said that shoot anyone who infiltrate into our borders," said Ajmal
Ajmal's statement came in response to Rawat's statemen on Wednesday that AIUDF's growth has been "faster" than that of the BJP in the 1980s. The Army chief was referring to reports of increase in Muslim population in several Assam districts.
Ajmal also said that people perceive his party as a Muslim party, however, they want to be perceives as Indians.
"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," he said
Ajmal told journalists that the Army chief was "misinformed and misguided". Ajmal also added he has "full faith" in Rawat and that protecting the country is his job.
"We respect General Rawat a lot but I think he has been misinformed and misguided," he said.
Addressing a seminar in New Delhi on Wednesday, the Army chief had also 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.
The AIUDF, which was formed in 2005 to champion the cause of the Muslim community, currently has three MPs in the Lok Sabha and 13 MLAs in Assam.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and Assam's former chief minister Tarun Gogoi said if the Army chief's statement, as reported in the media, is true, what is the Centre doing?
"The government should take appropriate steps in this regard as this will be dangerous not only for Assam and Northeast but for the entire country," Gogoi told reporters here.
He claimed that the central government has completely failed to secure the country's borders and provide security.