Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), and Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, President of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), on Thursday, criticised General Bipin Rawat for talking about the rise of the AIUDF in Assam.
Owaisi said that the Army Chief should not interfere in political matters as it is not his work to comment on the rise of any political party or any political issue.
Owaisi took to Twitter to criticise the Army General after he spoke about the rise of political matter, and reminded him that the Army will always work under an elected civilian leadership in India, and said that the democracy and the constitution has allowed the functioning of any political party.
What,the Army Chief should not interfere in political matters it is not his work to comment on the rise of a political party ,Democracy & Constitution allows it and Army will always work under an Elected Civilian leadership https://t.co/PacWqqYXz1— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) February 22, 2018
On Wednesday, Rawat referred to the ‘faster pace’ of growth of the AIUDF in Assam, underlining the ‘population dynamics’ of the North-East region in particular and claiming that it can no longer change.
General Rawat was speaking at a seminar on ‘North-East Region of India- Bridging Gaps and Securing Borders’ which was organised by the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies and Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff of the Ministry of Defence.
General Bipin 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.”
Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, the President of the AIUDF, on Twitter asked why was it the Army Chief’s concern that a political party is rising faster than the BJP, and blamed that the growth of smaller alternative parties like the AIUDF and AAP are because of the misgovernance of the big political parties.
Gen Bipin Rawat has made a political statement, shocking! Why is it a concern for the Army Chief that a political party, based on democratic & secular values, is rising faster than BJP? Alternative parties like AIUDF, AAP have grown because of the misgovernance of big parties.— M Badruddin Ajmal (@BadruddinAjmal) February 22, 2018
The Indian Army, in a clarification over the matter, gave a statement that nothing political or religious was mentioned in the talk by General Bipin Rawat. The Army Chief just mentioned amalgamation and development in the seminar on the North-East organised at the DRDO Bhawan on Wednesday.
There is nothing political or religious in the talk. Army Chief just mentioned amalgamation & development in the seminar on North-East organised at DRDO Bhawan on 21 Feb 18: Army— ANI (@ANI) February 22, 2018
To this remark of the Army, Maulana Ajmal questioned if nothing was wrong, then why was the Army Chief dragging the political party in his speech, whose representatives were democratically elected by the Indian citizens.
If nothing political, why was Army Chief dragging a political party, in his speech, whose representatives are democratically elected by Indian citizens? https://t.co/LkKeBdB3Qt— M Badruddin Ajmal (@BadruddinAjmal) February 22, 2018
Meanwhile, the AIUDF MLA, Aminul Ismal, said that their party is working for the downtrodden of the state and that is why the popularity of the AIUDF is growing more than the Centre-ruling BJP. He told ANI, “We are hopeful that people of Assam irrespective of caste and creed, will accept AIUDF and our party will come to power soon.”
The AIUDF was formed in 2005 with an aim to raise the cause of the Muslim community, and currently the party has three Parliamentarians in Lok Sabha and 13 legislators in the state assembly.