October 21, 2021

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Assam: Congress suspends MLA Sherman for disrespecting Assam Agitation martyrs

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Assam: Congress suspends MLA Sherman for disrespecting Assam Agitation martyrs
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Assam: Congress suspends MLA Sherman for disrespecting Assam Agitation martyrs
Assam: Congress suspends MLA Sherman for disrespecting Assam Agitation martyrs

GUWAHATI: Assam Congress on Monday suspended MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed, who was arrested on Saturday for insulting martyrs of Assam Agitation.
An order issued by Assam PCC general secretary Bobbeeta Sharma said state PCC president Bhupen Kumar Borah has suspended Sherman, a member of the Assam Congress Legislature Party, with immediate effect for repeatedly violating party discipline.
The sudden decision by Borah may be a move to win the hearts of the ethnic community voters who are going to be the deciding factor in the October 30 bypolls to be held in five constituencies of Assam, a Congress insider said. Earlier, Congress was in favour of giving ample time to Sherman to respond to a show-cause notice that was served to him on Friday.
Talking to TOI, Borah said, “The three-day deadline for replying to the show cause expired at 12 am on Sunday night. He is now in police custody. We know that. But he could have replied before the police nabbed him. Sherman did not respond for at least 48 hours after receiving the show cause notice,” he said.
Borah added that the suspension order is in no way linked to the bypolls. “Congress party respects the Assam Accord that was signed after the Assam Agitation because of the goodwill shown by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. So, we have recognized the 855 martyrs of the Assam Agitation. Sherman can not insult any of these martyrs,” he said.
Borah added that Sherman violated party discipline in the past but the Congress leadership did not act against him. Borah was apparently pointing towards the previous controversy triggered by the MLA last year by demanding a ‘Miya museum’ to showcase the culture of the ‘Miyas’ of Bengal origin at the Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
CM Himanta Biswa Sarma reacted, “Suspension was their (Congress’s) political work and arresting him (Sherman) was my responsibility.”
Minister and BJP leader Pijush Hazarika dared Congress to terminate Sherman. “A suspended person may rejoin the party. Can Bhupen Borah show courage by terminating him?” he asked.
Sherman’s disrespectful remarks came in wake of the reactions and counter reactions to the killing of two people in police action during the eviction drive carried out to free encroached lands at Dholpur in lower Assam’s Darrang district recently. Some dragged the context of eight supporters of Assam Agitation killed in the same area in Darrang in 1983 in response to the sympathy shown to the two people from the minority community killed during the September 23 eviction drive. Jumping into the debate, Sherman went on justifying the killing of eight supporters of the anti-foreigners movement by calling them “ghatak” (assassins).
Sherman was slapped with charges of “provocation with intent to cause riot” and “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion”. On Sunday, a local court sent him to two-day police custody.

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