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'Bangladeshi influx' Pakistan's proxy war: Indian army chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat said the solution to the problem lies in ensuring development of the region by taking a holistic approach 'Bangladeshi influx' Pakistan's proxy war: Indian army chief
Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 06:02

Guwahati: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's statement on the rapid growth of the AIUDF in Assam is "political and shocking", party president Badruddin Ajmal said today.

Ajmal said he was deeply hurt by the "politically driven comments" of the Army chief.

Afsan Chowdhury further said that India's attempt to portray Bangladesh as a weak state which can not maintain an independent stance against China or Pakistan was provoked by certain Awami League leaders' comments that political parties in Bangladesh other than the ruling Awami League were "friends of Pakistan". The AIUDF leader also asserted that his party's growth was due to misconduct of the mainstream political parties.

The AIUDF was founded by Ajmal, a perfume baron from Hojai district in central Assam in October 2005. It ended with the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985. "We as a political party have been upfront in demanding the National Register of Citizens". His party now has three members in the Lok Sabha and 13 MLAs in the 126-member Assam Assembly.

He clarified that his party believed in inclusiveness. We are a party of not just the Muslims, but all sections of the society. We've always given 20-25 seats to our Hindu brothers in all elections.

"One reason we saw that activity in Doklam previous year was not because China had a clear military option or superiority, but they had the political goal of splitting us from the Bhutanese", he said.

The Navy Chief said the Northeast has a large portion of worldwide borders and that the region should be integrated into the national economy and national consciousness by improving its infrastructure, economy and connectivity. It is only natural that the "socio-political, demographic, cultural aspects should be discussed", he added. In independent India, a line has been drawn, and respected, between the domestic political arena and serving military officers.

Migration from Bangladesh is a touchy issue in Assam. "The solution lies in identifying the problem and holistically looking at it", he said. "It has grown at a faster rate than the BJP has over the years", Rawat had reportedly said.

The Indian Army on Thursday defended their chief after his remark had ensued controversy. "I would simply say that in the coming days you will get to hear many outrageous things". Congress refused to comment on the controversial remark but in the same breath alleged that the BJP regime would "do anything" to divert attention from the PNB scam.