Assam CM Accuses Bangladesh-Origin Minority of Voting Against Development, Alleges Communalism

GG News Bureau
Guwahati, 23rd June.
 Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma of Assam sparked controversy on Saturday, alleging that members of the Bangladesh-origin minority community overwhelmingly voted for the Congress in the recent Lok Sabha election, despite development efforts by BJP-led governments. Speaking at a felicitation event for BJP and allied candidates, Sarma claimed the minority community indulges in communalism, unlike others in the state.

The BJP-AGP-UPPL coalition secured 11 out of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam, with Congress capturing the remaining three. Sarma asserted, “If we analyze the Congress’ 39 per cent votes, half of it is concentrated in 21 minority-dominated assembly segments. In these areas, BJP received only 3 per cent support.”

Highlighting alleged disparities, Sarma stated, “This proves Hindus in Assam do not engage in communalism. If communalism exists, it is from one community, one religion.” He accused minority areas of lacking basic infrastructure yet consistently voting for Congress.

Contrasting BJP’s development efforts with voting patterns, Sarma claimed, “They may reside in houses provided by Modi, use electricity and sanitation facilities from Modi, but they vote for Congress.”

Further, Sarma accused the community of harboring aspirations to “control the state in the next 10 years” and cited incidents during the election period to illustrate unrest allegedly provoked by minority groups.

He emphasized BJP’s electoral success, winning 92 out of 126 assembly segments, and outlined ambitions to secure 50 per cent of the votes in the 2026 state elections. Sarma reaffirmed BJP’s commitment to nation-building and vowed to continue development efforts across all regions, irrespective of electoral outcomes.

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