Maulana Badruddin Ajmal who heads AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) was seen insulting Assamese cultural symbol Gamosa by throwing it at a party worker with whom he was angry for some reason. The video has since gone viral and Ajmal drew flak from various quarters for this wanton act of insult to the Assamese cultural identity.
The incident occurred at an election rally in Bilasipara where Ajmal had arrived for campaigning. It must be mentioned here that AIUDF is contesting Assam elections in alliance with Congress. While this act has drawn widespread criticism for various quarters, PM Modi also slammed Ajmal for the act and said that the people of Assam were hurt and angry at this insult.
Reports state that Maulana Badruddin Ajmal was seen getting angry at a party worker in Nagarbera in Assam, and he threw a Gamosa, that was offered to him to greet him, at the worker in a visible rage of anger. He was even seen slamming party workers for causing unnecessary delays by greeting leaders who were present at the rally.
As per reports, he was supposedly worried that the delay in the rally would make it difficult for his helicopter to take off as the weather was cloudy.
Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal condemned Ajmal for this action and tweeted saying Ajmal throwing away Assam’s pride Gamosa in utter contempt was Congress and AIUDF’s design to humiliate & disrespect Assam’s culture & heritage. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also took to Twitter to slam Ajmal who the Minister said had openly insulted Gamosa, the pride of Assam.
Gamosa is part of the Assamese cultural identity has for long been used at public events to greet dignitaries visiting the state. The sanctum sanctorum at Namghars is also decorated with Gamosa. The traditional Gamosa is woven on a handloom and cotton is the preferred fabric although silk Gamosas are prepared for special occasions.
(Featured Image Source: Sentinel Assam)
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