BJP sus­pends leader who warned stu­dents in As­sam

He Had Threat­ened Them For Protest­ing Against Cit­i­zen­ship Bill

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Naresh.Mi­[email protected]­

Guwa­hati: As­sam BJP on Sun­day sus­pended its leader from the Ben­gali-ma­jor­ity Barak Val­ley, Pradip Dutta Roy, for mak­ing “com­mu­nal” re­marks at a time when the state is in the grip of protests against the Cit­i­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Bill. “Pradip Dutta Roy has been sus­pended from pri­mary mem­ber­ship of the party with im­me­di­ate ef­fect ... for go­ing against party dis­ci­pline and tak­ing a stand that goes against the party’s prin­ci­ples,” As­sam BJP pres­i­dent Ran­jeet Ku­mar Dass said in a state­ment.

On Wed­nes­day, a sec­tion of stu­dents at the As­sam Uni­ver­sity in Silchar had staged a protest rally against the bill. A day later, an­other sec­tion staged a rally in sup­port of the bill. The same day, Dutta had said, “I will write to the vice-chan­cel­lor of (As­sam Uni­ver­sity) to take ac­tion against stu­dents who are in­dulging in pol­i­tics by stag­ing protests against the bill ... Oth­er­wise, As­samese stu­dents will be stopped from study­ing at the uni­ver­sity.”

Re­ac­tion to Dutta’s com­ments was strong and im­me­di­ate — the Cot­ton Uni­ver­sity Stu­dents’

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