GUWAHATI: The Opposition MLAs on Thursday demanded strict monitoring and stern actions against some vested interest groups trying to instigate a communal clash between the Assamese, Bengali and Muslim people living in the State on the pretext of the ongoing movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The demand came during the ongoing Budget session of Assam Assembly on Thursday. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam informed the House that some incidents were taking place at his Dhing constituency at frequent intervals which could cause a communal clash between the Assamese and Muslim populace. He said adverse comments are being on the Muslim community by some vested interest groups.
“Incidents of minor clashes in my constituency have been reported. If the State Government does not take timely preventive steps, such incidents might snowball into communal conflicts,” Islam said.
On the other hand, Congress MLA from North Karimganj Kamalakshya Dey Purkayastha said on the pretext of the ongoing movement against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, a vested interest group is instigating some incidents to create communal clashes between the Assamese and Bengali people. He said the social media is also being used by some groups to create a communal atmosphere in the State. “These incidents might appear insignificant now. But these would have dangerous repercussions if not prevented,” Purkayastha said.
Responding to the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary assured the Assembly that the Government would not allow anyone to create a law-and-order situation to disturb communal harmony in the State. He said the Government has been keeping a close tab on social media. “We will not allow anyone to compromise with peace and tranquillity prevalent among different sections of the people,” Patowary said.