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Assam Massacre: Political Blame Game On

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Union Minister for Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan on Sunday (4 may) said statements made by Narendra Modi against illegal Bangladeshi immigrants led to the "massacre" of innocents in Assam and urged the Centre and state government to take immediate action to help the victims.

Cabinet Minister Kapil Sibal and Abdullah had eatlier said that Modi's speeches targeting illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the region played a role in instigating violence against them.

Abdullah had said that Muslims were targeted because Modi made a speech there and tried to "incite" people against the community. Sibal had accused BJP leaders of playing the "communal card" to garner votes.

BJP on its part, hit back at Congress for blaming Narendra Modi for the violence in Assam, saying it was an outcome of "politics of divisiveness and blood" on which Congress had harvested "too many votes for too long".

BJP's national spokesperson M J Akbar said even the victims, who are mostly Muslims, were blaming ruling Congress and have refused to bury the dead until the state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi met them.

"Why? Because they (victims) know that it is an abject failure of the government... It is the politics of divisiveness and blood on which the Congress has harvested too many votes for too long," he told reporters.

"Whenever anything happens, Congress has only one person to blame - that is Modi. If our party's PM candidate raises his voice over an issue, which is illegal, then it becomes bad. So do we make illegal legal just because some people do harvest of votes?" Akbar asked, before asserting, "This is not the way our country will run. If it runs, it will be according to law."

A total of 32 people, including women and children, were killed and several others injured and thousands rendered homeless in attacks by NDFB(S) militants in different areas of Kokrajhar and Baksa districts of BTAD in Assam since Thursday.

Mamat Also Blames Modi For Riots
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday (4 May) accused Narendra Modi of inciting violence in Assam and demanded his arrest for allegedly trying to instigate caste-based violence in West Bengal.

"He wants to cause caste-based violence. We are telling the Election Commission that he should be arrested and should not be allowed to campaign in the state," Banerjee said at an election rally here in Krishnagar.

"We will keep everyone close to our hearts - Hindus, Muslims, Bengalis and non-Bengalis. Let him touch a single one of them. We will rock Delhi," she said while accusing the BJP of trying to spread the seeds of communalism.

Without naming Modi, she said "Those who cause riots cannot become the leader of the nation. It is because of their comments that innocent minorities are being butchered in Assam. Those who will lead the country if they themselves ignite riots, then what will happen to the nation".

In a Facebook post also, the TMC supremo said certain comments of some political parties including the aspirant of the high office (PM post) are adding fuel.

The West Bengal said she had never seen politics at such a low, while addressing a poll rally in Nadia district, where election would be held in the last phase on April 12.

"If a party can go to this extent without being in power, it will definitely burn the country if it comes to power," she said alluding to the BJP.

At a rally in Serampore recently, Modi had threatened to deport Bangladeshi immigrants if NDA came to power, saying they were being welcomed in West Bengal with red carpets for vote bank politics.

Earlier today, angry protesters in Nankekhadrabari area refused to perform the last rites of the bodies of the 18 people till Gogoi came and personally assured to provide security to their lives and property.

LF Joins Mamata In Accusing Modi Of Divisive Politics
The Left Front also joined its arch-rival Trinamool Congress in castigating Narendra Modi for his alleged divisive politics over Bangladeshi immigrants in West Bengal on Sunday and demanded that the Election Commission take notice of his comments.

"Modi is making reckless comments and trying to create a division in Bengal," Left Front chairman Biman Bose said at a press conference at the CPI(M) headquarters here.

"Like a parrot, he is reading out whatever is provided to him without knowing facts. Such a person is being propped up to be the country's Prime Minister," Bose said.

"Is he trying to create riots in Bengal by his comments?" Bose asked, referring to Modi's statement that Bangladeshi nationals other than religious refugees who have crossed over to India would be sent back.

"The Election Commission should take notice of his comments," the CPI(M) politburo member said
at a rally in Serampore recently, Modi had threatened to deport Bangladeshi immigrants if NDA came to power, saying they were being welcomed in West Bengal with red carpets for vote bank politics.

Today, at a rally in Asansol, Modi said Bangladeshi infiltrators, who were allowed into the country for votebank politics, would be sent back while refugees who were thrown out of Bangladesh on religious grounds would be greeted with open arms.

Countering him, Mamata Banerjee said, "Let him touch any such person, I will rock Delhi. He still doesn't know me. I have fought with guns and have driven out the CPI(M) after 35 years".

She accused Modi of not having knowledge of history of the nation saying under a pact between Indira Gandhi and Mujibur Rahman in 1971 Bangladeshis had come here.

"He (Modi) does not know the history of the nation, heritage and culture of Bengal and only doing politics to disintegrate this region by pitting one against other and playing politics of division, which will not be allowed," Banerjee said at Ranaghat.


(Agencies)