Assam expulsion campaign: Congress sends justification notice to deputy for “insensitive” remarks
On Friday, the Assam Congress sent a notice of justification to its deputy Sherman Ali Ahmed for his “politically motivated” statements in reference to Gorukhuti’s recent expulsion campaign “with the intention of damaging the image of the party ”before polls in the state.
He also said that allegations are rife within the party and even outside that Ahmed is acting as a “BJP agent”, and that due to his proximity to the chief minister, he is sponsored to make such comments in order to harm Congress, especially during elections.
In the notice published by Bobbetta Sharma, secretary general of the big old party’s Assam unit, the MLA was asked to provide an explanation of its actions to state congressman Bhupen Borah in three days.
Ahmed apparently made the remarks in reaction to reports that alleged invaders from Darrang district disrespected the memory of eight people from the region who were killed in the Assam unrest in 1983.
The Baghbor MP claimed that the eight people who died in the 1983 unrest were not martyrs but killers, as they were involved in the massacre of many others.
The recent eviction campaign in Gorukhuti in Darrang district has turned violent, killing at least two in police gunfire and injuring several others in clashes.
Opposing Ahmed’s remarks, the Assam Congress, in its justification notice, further stated that Ahmed had twice previously made “commonly provocative” statements and went against party discipline. .
He added that the “insensitive” statements he had made had “a great propensity” to destroy the social harmony of the state.