AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal
AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal
File Photo

New Delhi: The Election Commission has said that it has directed a probe by the Assam CID in the matter related to sharing of doctored video of AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal.

Replying to activist Saket Gokhale, who had filed a plea with the poll body over the mass sharing of the video, the EC said that the Assam DGP has entrusted the probe to CID which has been directed to use all investigative tools, including forensics.

The matter pertains to a video that was made viral on social media where Ajmal is purpotedly saying that if the Congress-AIUDF alliance comes to power, it will make Assam an Islamic state.

The video was cut and stiched together from a speech the Dhubri MP delivered ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections where he did not say any such thing.

In the original video, Ajmal said “The Mughals ruled India for 800 years but they never dreamt of making it an Islamic state. Did they make it? They never tried. Then, the British ruled India for 200 years but they never dared make it a Christian state."

“From Jawaharlal Nehru to Lal Bahadur Shastri, Rajiv Gandhi, PV Narasimha Rao, and Manmohan Singh, the Congress-ruled India for 55 of the 70 years after Independence. No Congress leader ever dreamt of making India a Hindu country. Modiji, do not dream it. Your dream will turn out to be false," Ajmal had said.

Congress and AIUDF are parts of a seven-party grand alliance of Opposition in Assam aimed to unseat the BJP from power. Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly will be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal