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BJP expels leader for for threatening Assamese speaking

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

BJP expelled its leader Pradip on Sunday, two days after threatening Assamese speaking students for protesting against the Citizenship Bill at University.

has been expelled for breaking the party discipline and taking a "stand against the party's ideology and position", the expulsion letter by BJP general secretary said.

The letter also said has been expelled from the primary membership of the party as per the instruction of the state with immediate effect.

Dutta had on Friday courted controversy by threatening Assamese speaking students in Bengali-dominated that their admission in University at Silchar would be barred if they protested against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Dutta, a of the saffron party known for making controversial statements, issued the threat after a section of students of the raised their voice against the controversial Bill.

"I warn the Assamese (speaking) students of the university that you don't indulge in politics and study only. Think about the future.

We will be otherwise forced to bar admission of Assamese students in the university," Dutta was heard saying in local channels.

"I am writing to the of the university asking him what step he is taking against the students for opposing the Bill", Dutta had said in Bengali.

Buckling under Dutta's threat, on Saturday banned protests inside the campus with immediate effect without prior permission of the

In an order, Sanjib Bhattacharjee directed that no procession/dharna or any sort of gathering of people within the campus without prior approval of the authorities is strictly prohibited until further order.

had filed a complaint at station in Guwahati, while another case was lodged at Nagaon by Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad against Dutta for making the communally provocative statement.

Several organisations, including the All Assam Students' Union (AASU), Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and Students Federation of (SFI), have condemned Dutta's threat.

Protesting against the statement, ULFA (pro-talk) had said such people are backed by the "government lobby" to fuel "feelings of communalism" between Assamese and Bengali speaking people.

A different section of Assam University students Thursday came out in support of the Bill, while another had taken out a candlelight vigil on Wednesday to protest against it.

The bill seeks to amend Citizenship Act 1955 to grant Indian nationality to people from minority communities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- from Afghanistan, and after six years of residence in instead of 12 even if they don't possess any proper document. It has been opposed by a large section of people and organisations in the Northeast.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 19:30 IST