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Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma’s Unconventional Remark! Says ‘BJP Doesn’t Need ‘Miya’ Votes for 10 Years’

The controversial stance Himanta Biswa Sarma has taken regarding "Miya" votes and the requirements he puts for their support

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, declared on Sunday that the BJP does not require the support of “Miya” people from “char” (riverine sandbar) areas for the next 10 years, at least not till they change and stop engaging in practises like child marriage.

Himanta Biswa Sarma Encourages ‘Miya’ Support Through Chants, But No Voting Necessary

Sarma, however, asserted that the “Miya” people support him, PM Narendra Modi, and the BJP and can continue to chant their praises without casting ballots in their favour. “BJP will do public welfare and they will support us, but they don’t need to vote for us. There is no harm in supporting us. Let them shout ‘zindabad’ for Himanta Biswa Sarma, Narendra Modi and BJP,” he told reporters in response to a question.

CM’s Unconventional Appeal

Muslims who speak Bengali are referred to as “Miya” in slang. The Chief Minister said, “When elections come, I myself will request them not to vote for us. Vote for us if you follow family planning, stop child marriage and shed fundamentalism. To complete these, it will take 10 years. We will seek votes after 10 years, not now.” He said that people who support him and the BJP should refrain from having more than two or three children, send their girls to school, refrain from child marriage, and convert to Sufism after renunciating fundamentalism.

Sarma Promises Schools and Colleges for ‘Char’ Areas

Sarma told to journalists that, “When these conditions are fulfilled, I will go with you to ‘char’ to seek votes.” When informed that many “chars,” where primarily Bengali-speaking Muslims reside, lack suitable schools, he declared that if he were made aware of the situation, schools would be established right away. “It can’t happen that minority students won’t get a chance to study. We will open seven colleges in minority areas in the coming days,” Sarma said.

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