GUWAHATI: Shiladitya Dev, an MLA from Assam's ruling BJP, allegedly received threat calls from abroad following his outbursts against Bengali-speaking Muslims and Rohingyas, who he claimed were infiltrating into the state via Tripura.
Dev, the Hojai MLA in central Assam, in a conversation with the New Indian Express, said, "I received two calls - one from the United Kingdom and the other from the Philippines - on Tuesday. Both the callers warned me to stop speaking against the Rohingyas and Bengali speaking Muslims or face the consequences. So, I brought the matter to the notice of the police by lodging an FIR with them today (Wednesday)."
For the past few days, Dev has been claiming that the Rohingyas were entering southern Assam's Barak Valley from Tripura. He alleged that the Left Front government in Tripura was pushing them into Assam to gain political mileage.
Dev said, "In a discourse on Facebook as well as with the media, I had argued how the Bengali-speaking Muslims can claim to be original inhabitants of Assam when most of them are originally Bangladeshis."
He also asserted that the Assam government should not spend money for the development of sars (sandbars). The Bengali Muslims population is largely concentrated around the sars. "I had insisted that the state government should not spend anything for the development of sandbars. These places are temporary and they get washed away whenever there is a flood. For 40 years, the government has been spending crores for their development and today, they have become hubs of criminal and jihadi activities," the MLA alleged.
He had also ruffled quite a few feathers through his assertion that speaking correct Assamese and wearing "gamosa" (towel) does not make the Bengali-speaking Muslims Assamese.