BJP sus­pends As­sam neta for com­mu­nal talk

‘Dutta’s Re­mark Over Bill May Fuel Ten­sion’ As­sam stu­dents’ body ‘bans’ BJP lead­ers in univs

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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 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.

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 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.”

The Cot­ton Univer­sity Stu­dents’ Union and the Asom Jatiy­atabadi Yuva Ch­ha­tra Parishad lodged FIRs against him while the The

stu­dent body of Gauhati Univer­sity, one of the most prom­i­nent uni­ver­si­ties of the north-east, on Sun­day de­cided to stop BJP leg­is­la­tors and mem­bers from en­ter­ing the cam­puses of the univer­sity and col­leges af­fil­i­ated to it un­til the Cit­i­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Bill is with­drawn. The de­ci­sion comes as the protests against the Bill grew stronger.

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