In response to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's recent remarks, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) leader Badruddin Ajmal staunchly defended his actions and criticized Sarma's attempts to politicize religious sentiments. Speaking to reporters in Goalpara, Ajmal rejected the notion that his visits to places associated with Srimanta Sankardev Sangha were aimed at religious posturing.
"The Chief Minister of Assam is not Sankari," Ajmal sai referring to followers of Srimanta Sankardev's teachings. He pointedly criticized Sarma's adherence to idol worship, asserting that Sankaris do not worship idols, a core tenet of Sankardev's philosophy. Ajmal further challenged Sarma's assertion that his visits caused the Chief Minister sleepless nights, defiantly stating, "If that is the case, I will go again and again to such places until the Chief Minister understands the true meaning of Sankari."
Ajmal's reaction comes in response to Sarma's remarks during the 93rd Annual Session of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha in Rangia on February 11. Sarma had stated that individuals with ideologies contradictory to the essence of Srimanta Sankardev should never be welcomed onto its revered platform, singling out Ajmal as an example.
Expressing his dismay, Sarma had criticized Ajmal's stance on women's rights, citing statements where Ajmal allegedly advocated for restrictive practices such as the wearing of burqas and disparaged women as mere "machines for giving birth to children." Sarma's impassioned plea resonated with the ethos of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha, an organization dedicated to upholding the cultural and spiritual legacy of Srimanta Sankardev.
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