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NEW DELHI. February 22, 2018
The Army today defended its chief Bipin Rawat's negative comments about the rise of a Muslim-oriented political party in Assam, saying "there is nothing political or religious in his talk", reported ANI.
"There is nothing political or religious in the talk. Army chief just mentioned amalgamation and development in the seminar on North-East organised at DRDO Bhawan," said the Army about Rawat's comments yesterday.
At an event in Delhi yesterday, 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.
"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," said Rawat.
Rawat also said yesterday 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.
Source: Times of India