The infighting in the state BJP has once again come to the fore and, it seems, the party has lost its discipline these days as the party leaders are seen publicly involved in constant mudslinging and infighting.
Saturday was no exception as Assam BJP spokesperson Jayanta Das, in a press conference, launched a scathing attack on BJP MLA Atul Borah and called him a “half-cooked yam”.
The comment was made after Dispur MLA, Atul Borah had told the media that, despite BJP’s support, he would oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in its present format.
Coming down heavily on senior party MLA, Das said that Borah didn’t take permission from the party to share his reaction on the proposed bill in front of the media. He also criticized Atul Borah of playing divisive politics while the latter was with the AGP.
In an open letter to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the Dispur MLA, who deserted the AGP ahead of the last Parliamentary election to join BJP, demanding immediate withdrawal of the proposed citizenship bill. It must be mentioned that Borah had also threatened to commit suicide in case the bill gets passed in the Parliement.
Earlier on November 13, another BJP state spokesperson Jayanta Malla Boruah had accused all Muslims hailing from East Bengal of conspiring to make Assam a Muslim state.
Reacting to the comment, Assam BJP vice president, Taufik Rahman, on Saturday threatened to quit the party and warned Boruah not to pass such “communal” comments in future.
The war of words does not end here. Rahman also termed BJP MLA Shiladitya Deb as a “mentally retarded person”.
When Rahman claimed that BJP MLA Shiladitya Deb’s reaction was not the stand of the party, another BJP spokesperson Rupam Goswami contradicted him when he said that the spokesperson’s view is the final view of the party.
It may be recalled here that BJP MLA from Duliajan and Deputy Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Terash Gowalla tendered his resignation from the post of MLA recently for allegedly not getting any position in the Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL). However, he later withdrew his resignation following much persuasion from the senior leaders of the party, including Chief Minister Sonowal.
Such series of confusing and contradictory statements from BJP leader raise serious questions on the credibility of the spokespersons among the masses.
The party had swept the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Assam on the promise of solving Assam’s long-standing illegal immigrant issue and protecting the states’ indigenous communities from becoming a minority. But, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has become a bone of contention between the BJP and the state’s indigenous population. An important reflection of the growing anger against the ruling party is the public support received by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti’s Assam bandh call in the month of October, despite orders from the government not to abide by the bandh call. The BJP ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) had also held a protest rally in Guwahati on the same day against the bill.