BJP suspends leader who warned students in Assam
He Had Threatened Them For Protesting Against Citizenship Bill
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’