Assam Pradesh Congress Committee senior leader Jakir Hussain Sikdar has alleged that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) is the ‘B-team’ of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal recently expressed support for the opposition bloc, INDIA. Speaking to ANI, MLA Sikdar stated, “Everyone knows about the relationship between AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma; they share a good rapport. Badruddin Ajmal claims he will align with INDIA, but our leadership has rejected the idea of accepting Badruddin Ajmal and his party. Badruddin Ajmal is not only a political leader but also a businessman, and we can’t trust him.”
The Congress leader further stated that in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party aims to perform better in Assam, and they have no intention of forming an alliance with Badruddin Ajmal. Sikdar added, “We are strategizing on how to defeat both the BJP and AIUDF.”
In a noteworthy development, the Assam government has formed a committee to draft legislation aimed at banning polygamy, and inter-religious marriages through false identity, and addressing the role of ‘Kaji’ in child marriages. Criticizing Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, AIUDF MLA Aminul Islam said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party is doing this for political gains ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.”
Aminul Islam mentioned that AIUDF’s stance on polygamy would be determined after reviewing the proposed Bill. He expressed his personal opposition to polygamy, inter-religious marriages through false identity, and child marriages. However, he suggested that provisions should be made to allow a husband to marry another woman if the first wife is critically ill and unable to care for herself, with her consent.
Additionally, Aminul Islam called for the introduction of an anti-rape bill to protect women, girls, and children. He claimed to have made several requests for such a bill, but they were not given due attention, and he accused the government of playing politics on the matter.