'Lakhs of words in Assamese language have come from Arabic': Ajmal's remark stirs fresh controversy

Guwahati: At a time when a section of people in the state raised question over Badruddin Ajmal’s Arabic banner controversy in Goalpara on last Wednesday, the AIUDF supremo on Friday stated that there are lakhs and lakhs of words in the Assamese language which has come from the Arabic language.

“In fact, I have also told that NGO to put off the Arabic banner and asked them to put an Assamese banner in its place,” said Ajmal.

He also mentioned that an NGO has donated that banner in the meeting on a good note. Moreover, he claimed that he didn’t even notice that banner on the day of the programme.

“As many sections of people have got offended with this, I told my people to put it off immediately,” added Badruddin Ajmal before the media.

Meanwhile, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while addressing a programme at Srimanta Shankardev Kalashetra in Guwahati on Friday had expressed his deepest annoyance over AIUDF supremo Maulana Badruddin Ajmal for using an ‘Arabic Banner’ in place of the Assamese in a programme in Goalpara.

Lashing out at the intellectuals for remaining silent on the issue, he said they have surrendered before the Arabic language. “Why none of the state intellectuals came out to protest on the matter?” Himanta questioned.

“There is a political conspiracy going on to create a dispute among our own people of the state, thus, these people have been abruptly taking away our political rights from our own hands,” added Himanta.

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