SILCHAR: Reacting sharply to the State government’s move to accord indigenous status to a section of Muslims, Congress MLA Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha said, the ruling party was trying to divide the minority community on the basis of language. The sole motive of this divisive politics of the BJP was to reap dividends in elections, but the process will cause irreparable damage to the society, Purkayastha said.
The state working president Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha further said, the definition of ‘Khilonjiya’ or indigenous people was yet to be finalized but surprisingly the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was out to accord indigenous status to a section of Muslims. Speaking to the media, Purkayastha said, the government should not attempt to throw out the Bengali speaking Muslims from the definition of Khilonjiya Muslims.
Purkayastha said, Himanta Biswa Sarma convened a meeting with the representatives of Gariya Mariya Muslims on July 4 last year. But he did not invite any representative from the Bengali speaking Muslims. This created controversy and the Chief Minister assured that he would sit with the Bengali speaking Muslims too, but till now no such move from the government side could be noticed, Purkayastha said. How the BJP government could finalize the definition of indigenous Muslims without the Bengali speaking Muslims, he exclaimed. Purkayastha said, the Saffron party championed itself in the politics of divisiveness.
The BJP governments, both in Delhi and Dispur spelt dooms for the Bengalis in Assam. Both Hindu and Muslim Bengalis were subjected to oppression in the Saffron regime, he further said. Purkayastha said, the definition of indigenous people of the State should be made on the basis of the Constitution only.