Guwahati: Congress legislator Sherman Ali Ahmed has been suspended by the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Monday for communally provocative statement about a number of martyrs of historic Assam Agitation (1979 to 1985).
APCC president Bhupen Kumar Borah has taken the decision to suspend the party legislator with immediate effect for repeatedly violating the party-discipline. He has apprised about the decision to the party high command. Earlier the party leadership sent a show cause notice to the talkative legislator.
Mentionable is that Ali made a public statement that a number of Assamese youths were killed by the minority settlers at Gorukhuti area of Sipajhar locality in central Assam during the anti-foreigners movement for their ‘self-defence’ because those youths went there to ‘kill’ the Bengali speaking Muslim settlers. So he asserted that those eight youths including Daya Sarma should not be termed as martyrs, but ‘killers’.
Ali’s comments invited strong reactions from various individuals, organisations and political party workers. Social media was flooded with very critical comments against him. Organisations like All Assam Students Union, Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parisahd, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, Asom Gana Parishad, etc demonstrated their angers against the legislator.
They were unanimous in view that he defamed the martyrs of Assam agitation and many of them lodged FIRs against Ali in various police stations. Later he was picked up by the police on Saturday from the official residence colony at Dispur. The legislator was produced before the Kamrup metropolitan district chief judicial magistrate on Sunday where the police got two-days’ remand.