Controversy over Assam Chief Minister’s comments on Congress programme

During Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said on Wednesday evening that Congress can work to unite Bangladesh with India.
He made such comments on Congress’ 150-day ‘Bharat Joro’ march. A controversy has arisen in India over the comments of the Chief Minister of the BJP-ruled state.

Perhaps for that reason, his social media Twitter kept the comment but omitted Bangladesh’s name. Although the message is at the very top of his Twitter page. Vishwa Sharma’s comments were reported in several Indian newspapers on Thursday.

Yesterday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi started his 150-day ‘Bharat Joro’ walk from Tamil Nadu in South India. His march aims to build public opinion across the country against economic inequality, social polarization and excessive political centralism. Opposing his efforts, Himanta Biswa Sharma said that it was Rahul Gandhi’s family that divided the country. But now he is again talking about the country.

Biswa Sharma said, ‘In 1947 Congress broke India. They created Pakistan out of India, from which Bangladesh was formed. Now Rahul Gandhi might want to apologise, he might want to say that my maternal grandfather. Rahul Gandhi may want to say that what happened during Pandit Nehru’s time, should not have happened. If he has this regret in his mind, then it makes no sense for him to enter the territory of India again. If there really is a war, he should work to align Pakistan (with India) or Bangladesh (with India). He should try to create a united India.’

It should be noted that Indian Hindutva organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has a vision of Chinta Akhand India, that India consists of Muslim-majority countries in South Asia. Vishwa Sharma made this comment during the visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to India, so it is believed that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has brought forward the spirit of Akhand India.

The Chief Minister of Assam also said, ‘Today’s India is not a divided India, but a fully united force. That power extends from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu, from Silchar in southern Assam to Saurashtra in Gujarat. This is all over India, Rahul Gandhi does not need to re-pair him. I will call it a comedy, you are talking about joining the country which was broken by your party.

On the question of demolishing private madrasas in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sharma said, ‘These three madrasas were not madrasas, they were al-Qaeda offices. Now the common people and the Muslim community themselves are demolishing the madrasas. They say, we don’t want such a madrasa in our region, where Al-Qaeda works.

Where al-Qaeda operates, the character of the madrasa naturally changes. Biswa Sharma claimed that the common people of North Assam’s Goalpara district themselves demolished a madrasa last Tuesday, saying that his government did not intervene in the demolition of the fourth madrasa.

Describing the Muslims of Assam as ‘patriots’, Biswa Sharma said that the leader of the popular Muslim community in India, Asaduddin Waisi of Hyderabad, can come to Assam and preach among the Muslim community. But he cannot influence the Muslims of Assam.