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General Bipin Rawat's remark on AIUDF causes furore and not without reason

Chiefs of Army Staff in India have not been tactful about politicians. But they have stayed clear of politics

General Bipin Rawat

General Bipin Rawat

Aditi Phadnis
Chief of Army Staff, Gen Bipin Rawat’s remarks on the growth of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in Assam have caused a furore – and not without reason. “There is a party called AIUDF. If you look at it, they have grown in a faster time-frame than the BJP grew over the years. The BJP won only two seats in the 1984 national election. The AIUDF is moving at a faster pace in Assam. I do not think you can now change the population dynamics of the area. If it was five districts to eight to nine, inversion

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First Published: Feb 26 2018 | 5:44 AM IST

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