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‘Infiltrators make up 40 MLAs in Assam assembly… they become ministers, speakers, magistrates’: Assam CM Himanta’s latest hate speech

In his recent hate speech targeting Muslims, Assam Chief Minister and one of BJP’s star campaigners Himanta Biswa Sarma said that “infiltrators from Bangladesh” constitute 1.25 crore of Assam’s population and represent 40 of its 126 MLAs.

“Infiltration from Bangladesh started in Assam 40 years ago. At that time, the Congress was in power. They could not figure out what would happen 40 years later. Now in Assam, the infiltrators’ volume is 1.25 crore. This has become a very big problem and Assamese people have lost their identity. That’s why I am coming to Jharkhand and saying, don’t make mistakes like us. We made a mistake 40 years ago, we didn’t protect our borders. You don’t let Rohingyas come in… Bengal and Assam made mistakes. What we should have done at that time, we were not able to do. At that time, we didn’t have Narendra Modi… Now Modi ji is with Jharkhand,” Sarma said.

According to the 2011 Census, Muslims comprise more than 34% of Assam’s population, the third highest among all states and Union Territories after Lakshadweep and J&K. Of the state’s total population of 3.1 crore, over 1 crore are Muslims.

Sarma was addressing a public meeting in support of BJP candidate from Hazaribagh constituency Manish Jaiswal, for Lok Sabha elections, in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand on Wednesday.

He went on to say: “Stop infiltrators, otherwise within 20 years, across Jharkhand, the indigenous will become a minority. That is Assam’s fate… Now the infiltrators take up 40-40 seats in our assembly. They become ministers, speakers, magistrates, DCs… we are now fighting for our existence… We fight everyday…”

Saffron leaders including PM Modi, HM Amit Shah, and CMs like Sarma have been delivering abusive and hate speeches against the largest religious minorities in India in their election speeches. Despite massive criticism from opposition parties and rights organizations, they continue with it. The Election Commission of India, the poll panel, has also been accused of not taking action against it.


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