Respect Army chief, but he's been misinformed: AIUDF president

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Ajmal said if the Army was clarifying there was "nothing political" in the General's statement, "why was the Army Chief dragging a political party in his speech, whose representatives are democratically elected by Indian citizens".

While talking about migrants from Bangladesh coming to North East India on Wednesday, Rawat had said the Assam-based party had "grown faster" than the Bharatiya Janata Party did over the years.

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has waded into yet another controversy by commenting that the rise of All India United Democratic Front a political party that champions cause of Muslims in Assam was faster than BJP. "Alternative parties like AIUDF, AAP have grown because of the misgovernance of big parties", Ajmal tweeted. "This proxy game is being very well played by our western neighbour and supported by our northern neighbour (China)", he said. They will always try and ensure that this area is taken over by proxy warfare. "Even we feel, and have reiterated on several occasions, that demographic profile of the northeast has changed significantly because of illegal immigration". In that sense, Ajmal is right in questioning why the army chief should be concerned about a legitimate political party rising faster than BJP.

"Everything is fine. There is nothing to worry", General Bipin Rawat told media.

The AIUDF, which was formed in 2005 to champion the cause of Muslim community, now has three parliamentarians in Lok Sabha and 13 legislators in the state assembly.

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Meanwhile, regarding the potential exodus of Bangali people from Assam, Prof Imtiaz said he hoped it would not take place as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the Assam government not to drive away Bangalis from the region. Jan Sangh [the BJP's predecessor] had two MPs [in its first few years] and.where they have reached. "Rawat is misinformed. If required I will go and meet Rawat". "I think if we understand that, we can live together happily but the best part is to amalgamate the kind of people that are living there, than identifying the people trying to create trouble for us". Moreover, migration takes place primarily for economic reasons, and it is a stretch to say that China or Pakistan is somehow behind migration from Bangladesh.

He said the RSS, too, had in 2015 passed a resolution on India's changing demography in which it said "the religious imbalance of population in the north-eastern states has assumed serious proportions".

"There is nothing political or religious in the talk".

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat with the students and teachers from Manipur, in New Delhi on February 21, 2018. "The AIUDF does not advocate the immigration of Bangladeshis".

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