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‘Bangla-speaking Hindu community not a threat to people of Assam’

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MANGALDAI, May 9: “The Bangla-speaking Hindu community in Assam has not created any threat to the people of Assam while the alarmingly increasing population of Bangla-speaking Muslim population is posing a great threat to the identity of the people of the State,” said Union Minister of State for Railways, Rajen Gohain while talking to the media persons on Wednesday.
“It is the duty of the government and every Indian citizen to protect the Bangla-speaking Hindu people and that is the reason the government has decided to amend the Citizenship Act. The BJP is committed to ensure the rights of every Indian citizen, including the sons of the soil, and that is the reason that five tribal representatives were given berth in the State cabinet,” added Rajen Gohain while strongly criticizing the previous AGP government for offering berth in the State cabinet to Abdul Muhib Mazumadar who had drafted the IM (DT) Act.
On being asked about his misbehavior towards a retired teacher in a public meeting in Nagaon recently, he denied the charge of using the word ‘nonsense’ for that person. “He was not invited to the dais for speech yet he forcibly made a speech accusing the government which we can never tolerate and I only said ‘What nonsense you are doing’,” said Rajen Gohain.
 “The teacher in question could have personally told me his grievances if he had any and by forcibly addressing a public meeting he violated the etiquette and discipline of the society,” he further added and said that if everyone insisted on seeking apology, the minister was ready for it. Regarding the inclusion of Darrang district in the map of Indian Railways, he said that preliminary survey had already been ordered.

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