Srinagar: After Army chief Bipin Rawat Wednesday made lengthy negative comments about the rise of a political party in Assam, Asaduddin Owaisi, said it isn’t the job of the Army chief to comment on political parties.
“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 and the Constitution allows it and Army will always work under an elected civilian leadership,” tweeted Owaisi.
At an event in Delhi Wednesday, Rawat talked about the “faster” growth of the Badruddin Ajmal-led Muslim-oriented political party, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), in Assam. He implied that an influx of illegal Muslim migrants into the area is what has led to the growth of this party and an increase in the “Muslim population” in several districts of the state, a news report said.
“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,” Rawat was quoted as saying.
AIMIM’s Owaisi wondered why the Army chief is making political comments. He added that democracies allow parties to be formed and expanded.
Rawat also said that the influx of Muslim migrants in the northeast is part of a “proxy game” being executed by “our western neighbour (Pakistan)”, with support from across the “northern border (China)”, to keep the area disturbed.
Rawat added that it was no longer possible to change the population dynamics of Assam, with the Muslim majority increasing in eight districts from the earlier five. He said efforts should be made to “amalgamate” the people living in the region.