GUWAHATI : The northeastern politically high charged state Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday defended his son against criticism of not joining right-wing outfits .
Bajrang Dal and RSS are active in the state more than any other part of the country.
He said unfair to assume he( his son ) won’t make right choices.
Responding positively to the criticism that “Hindu supremacist” leaders send their kids to study abroad and never let them join right-wing militant outfits, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said it is unfair to assume that his 22-year-old son will not make the “right choices” at the “right age”.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s remark came after his post-dinner family photograph drew a lot of attention on social media amid the ongoing communal violence allegedly involving Bajrang Dal members in Haryana’s Nuh, with many highlighting that BJP leaders don’t allow their children to join such outfits.
“We celebrated Riniki’s birthday with a family dinner on 31st July. This picture captures the moments after the meal,” Sarma posted the family photograph on Wednesday.
Reposting the photograph on X, formerly known as Twitter, academician Ashok Swain said, “Hindu supremacist leaders send their kids to study abroad, they wear western clothes, and enjoy a luxury life. But, they never let them join Bajrang Dal or Durga Vahini or BJP IT Cell in the name of ‘Hindus are in Danger’!”
Sarma replied, “I find it surprising that you drew such drastic conclusions from just one family photograph.”
“My son is currently 22 years old and studying. It is unfair to assume that he will not make the right choices at right age.”
The Assam chief minister also linked the criticism with the “promotion” of dynastic succession, and said that joining organisations within “our ideological family”, commonly referred to as Sangh Parivar, requires hard work and dedication.
“Joining the BJP IT cell or any other organization within our ideological family requires hard work and dedication. It should not be solely based on being the son or daughter of a leader. Your suggestion of an easy entry to our kids gives impression that you believe in promoting dynastic succession,” he added.
“Do not provide an easy entry for my son. Let him earn it.”
Remarkably, the criticism came at a time when Bajrang Dal is highly active in Assam. Two of them has been booked after a video goes viral of a Bjrang Dal camp giving arms training .
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was earlier in Indian National Congress who later joined the Bharatiya Janata party.