NEW DELHI: Soon after General Bipin Rawat spoke on the rise of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in Assam, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has cautioned the Army chief against speaking on political matters. Owaisi asserted that it is not the work of the Army chief work to comment on the rise of a political party.
"Democracy & Constitution allows it and Army will always work under an Elected Civilian leadership," Owaisi said in a tweet on Wednesday.
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
Referring to reports of an increase in Muslim population in several districts of Assam, the Army Chief had on Wednesday spoken about the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF, observing that its growth has been "faster" than that of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 1980s.
"There is a party called AIUDF. If you look at it, they have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP grew over the years," he said, while referring to the BJP winning only 2 seats in 1984. "The AIDUF is moving at a faster pace in Assam."
"A planned immigration is taking place because of our western neighbour. They will always try and ensure that this area is taken over, playing the proxy dimension of warfare," General Rawat had said, talking about the influx of people from Bangladesh into the Northeast.
He was addressing a conference on bridging gaps and securing borders in the Northeast region.
The influx of illegal Bangladeshis is a major issue in Assam and the state government is coming out with a national register of citizens to find out those living illegally in the state.