Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today (December 8) said that his party is against men from the Muslim community having multiple wives. However, the opposition Congress said that instead of making political statements, the government should bring a law to prevent Muslim men from marrying multiple times without divorcing their previous spouses.
In a scathing attack on Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal, Sarma said as per the AIUDF chief’s purported advice, women can produce “20-25 children” but all expenses on food, clothing and education in their future will be borne by the opposition. have to do leader.
Mukhiya said, “A man living in independent India can have no right to marry three-four women (without divorcing the previous husband). We want to change this kind of system. We want Muslim women to get justice.” You have to work to get it.” the minister said at an official function.
“We want ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’. If there are doctors for Assamese Hindu families, there should be doctors for Muslim families as well. Many MLAs don’t give such advice because they want the votes of ‘pomuwa’ Muslims.” Told.
Bengali-speaking Muslims originating from East Bengal or present-day Bangladesh are colloquially referred to as ‘Pomuwa Muslims’ in Assam.
Reacting to the statements, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) deputy leader Rakibul Hussain told PTI that the BJP-led government was trying to politicize the sensitive issue by linking it to religion.
“A government takes oath of the Constitution and should work within its ambit. As they consider it unjust, so they should bring a law to stop multiple marriages by Muslim men. Till then, why are they making political statements?” Huh?” They said.
Hussain also said that polygamy was allowed in all religions, including Hinduism, but was stopped after the passage of the Hindu Code Bills in the 1950s.
Speaking about Ajmal’s controversial comments on women, the chief minister said, “In Assam, we have some leaders like Badruddin Ajmal. They say that women should give birth to children as soon as possible because it is a fertile land. “
He said that the delivery process of a woman cannot be compared to any region.
“I have repeatedly said that our women can give birth to 20-25 children, but their food, clothes, education and all other expenses will have to be borne by Ajmal.
Then, we have no problem,” Sarma said.
He said that if the perfume businessman-turned-Lok Sabha MP does not pay the expenses of the children, then no one has the right to lecture on the birth of a child.
Sarma further said that a family should give birth to as many children as it can provide food, clothing and education to make them better human beings.
“The policy of our government is clear. We work for the indigenous people, but we want progress for all. We do not want Muslim students, especially ‘Pomuwa’ Muslims, to study in madrassas and become ‘jonabs’ and Be an ‘Imam’. ‘,” He added.
The BJP-led government wants all Muslim children to enroll in normal schools and colleges to become doctors and engineers.
Ajmal, in an interview with a media house on 2 December, had made comments on women and Hindu men as well as Sarma, allegedly as a reaction to the chief minister’s remarks on ‘love jihad’.
The MP from Dhubri, popularly known as ‘Maulana’, reportedly advised Hindus to marry at a young age to produce more children like Muslims.
As the comments caused a backlash, the MP apologized the following day and said he was “embarrassed” at the controversy it had sparked. He, however, said that his comments were twisted and he did not target any community.
Referring to the arrest of some militant elements linked to a madrassa in the district, the Chief Minister said, “I am very concerned about the Al-Qaeda link from a madrassa in Morigaon. We cannot allow the district to turn into a base.” for Al Qaeda.
“We all have to shun communalism and religious fundamentalism for the progress of Morigaon district,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)