Guwahati( Assam), Mar 26 : As the poll battle heats up, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday launched a scathing attack on the Congress-AIUDF alliance saying that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not let Badruddin Ajmal become the symbol of Assam’s identity.
Addressing an election rally in Assam’s Kamrup, Shah accused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of describing AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal as representative of Assam’s identity. “He (Gandhi) does not understand Assam and its identity,” he said.
“Rahul Gandhi who comes to Assam as a tourist, says Badruddin Ajmal is an identity of Assam. But Sankardev, Madhavdev and Lachit Borphukan are Assam’s identities. Congress can try as much as it wants, we won’t let Badruddin Ajmal become the identity of Assam,” he added.
Reiterating BJP’s commitment to stop infiltration in the state, the home minister asserted that only the saffron party can do it. “If Badruddin Ajmal govt is formed here, will it be able to stop infiltrators? Only the BJP govt can stop the infiltrators. PM Modi speaks of developing Assam with the help of double engine govt & Congress brings Kalapahad to facilitate double infiltration,” he said.
The former BJP chief also said that appropriate laws and policies will be put in place to strengthen Assamese culture and civilisation. “Badruddin Ajmal is doing ‘land jihad’. I give you a guarantee that after five years you will not find anyone indulging in ‘land jihad’ in Assam, Shah said while addressing a rally in Morigaon.
Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly will be held in three phases, with 39 seats going to polls in the second phase on April 1 and 40 in the third and final phase on April 6.
( With Agency inputs)