Assam goes to polls on March 27. This is the primary election in the state after the Congress was ousted from the area. In Assam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has efficiently obtained energy in 2016, this time it’s about retaining it.
In an unique tell-all interview with India Today, BJP’s driving power in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, opened up about many subjects which the BJP has been tight-lipped about.
Q: Until a number of months again, many would have predicted a clear sweep for the BJP. But now there is a robust combat.
Himanta: There’s a wave in Assam in favour of BJP. Congress is nowhere in the image. They can’t even pull a crowd of 5,000 folks in their rallies. Their leaders in the state don’t have any reference to the folks. In truth, their allies are additionally ineffective. As far as Lower Assam and Barak valley are involved, we’re combating AIUDF as a result of Congress has given all its most important seats to Badruddin Ajmal’s celebration. BJP alliance in Assam goes to win extra seats than we did in 2016.
Q: Political observers consider which you can solely develop into the CM if there is a hung meeting in the state.
Himanta: I cannot let a hung meeting occur. It is of no use to me. I need to take BJP above 100 in Assam.
Q. Do you need to develop into the CM or are you content being the second fiddle?
Himanta: I do not need to divert my focus from profitable proper now. I’m solely involved about the event and civilizational battle in Assam. We can decide on the CM later. I do not fear about posts in any respect.
Q. Is it not true that you just left Congress since you wished to develop into the CM?
Himanta: I left the Congress celebration due to Rahul Gandhi’s callousness. I might by no means depart a celebration to develop into a CM. Any right-thinking particular person wouldn’t stick with Congress. I did not come to BJP with any situation. I joined the celebration as a karyakarta (employee). Had there been ailing intentions, I might have performed it soiled. I need to consolidate votes in Assam and after profitable Assam, I need to see BJP ruling your complete Northeast. That’s my purpose.
Q: The focus of your marketing campaign has largely been round Badruddin Ajmal. Are you polarising?
Himanta: Assam’s elections have been polarised since 1935 when Congress and Muslim League fought. (*100*) the narrative goes to be the identical for the following 50 years. Our largest election difficulty is id. You make roads and infrastructure in Assam however what’s going to you do with them in case your tradition has been attacked?
If I make an engineering school or a medical school in Assam, what is the use? Bangladeshi Muslims will illegally poach the lands. If I make colleges and ladies on their solution to colleges get raped or molested, What’s using that improvement? So first we have to focus on saving our id. Assam’s most vital political points are id and improvement. It has to go hand-in-hand.
Q: Don’t you assume BJP has created a picture of doing polarisation on the bottom? Are you in opposition to Muslims?
Himanta: I’ll divide Assam’s Muslims into two teams. One is Assamese Muslims who’re with us. Another group is represented by Badruddin Ajmal, which may be very aggressive. They are migrant Muslims from Bangladesh and are referred to as Miya Muslims.
I’m under no circumstances in opposition to all Muslims. I’m in opposition to these Muslims who discuss about giving start to 13 kids. Muslims who discuss about Madrassas.
Q: Why did you shut down the Madrassas in Assam?
Himanta: In our survey, Muslims youngsters instructed us that we need to develop into docs, engineers, pilots, be part of military, however we’re forcefully being despatched to Madrassas. Madrassas ought to by no means be there in the primary place. So, I need to see all these kids develop into docs and engineers in society. Madrassas should not for schooling. I’ve visited many Madrassas they usually give coaching there to develop into “Mullahs”. I need Muslim youngsters to get the prospect to flourish.
Q. Your celebration was hell-bent on the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Now you are asking for a recent NRC in Assam.
Himanta: I need to request the Supreme Court to revisit some areas in Assam and do a recent spherical of NRC. I’m on the sector all day and I do know some individuals who have been dealing with the method of NRC and have now joined Congress. They let off many individuals with pretend paperwork. We’re not utilizing NRC as a political instrument. It’s a dedication to the folks of Assam. Even if Bengali Hindus have been excluded in the NRC, we’ll get them justice by way of one other route. We will not forcefully embrace their names in the NRC. We is not going to compromise with the NRC. Later on, we’ll legitimise them by way of CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act). We’re for a recent NRC and we stand with the persecuted Hindus.
Q: Do you assume CAA can be a problem in the elections?
Himanta: I do not assume so. People of Assam is not going to play by the hands of politicians. CAA is for the good thing about the Assamese folks. (*100*) should you ask about votes, regional events which got here out of the anti-CAA protests, they may finally assist us. They will lower Congress’s votes in areas the place there’s little anti-CAA sentiment alive. They will not do us any hurt.
Q. Give us a practical quantity in accordance with you for the BJP alliance.
Himanta: As per me, a practical quantity can be between 80-90 seats.