GUWAHATI: Legal Rights Observatory (LRO), a right-wing affiliated NGO has landed in the soup after doctoring a video to make it seem like All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal is in favour of turning India into an Islamic nation
The clip, which was posted by the LRO on Twitter last night, shows selective portions of an Ajmal speech to make it seem like he intends to turn India into an ‘Islamist nation.’
It highlights portions of his speech to make it appear that if elected to power, Ajmal and his UPA allies wish to convert every Indian into the Islamic faith.
— Legal Rights Observatory- LRO (@LegalLro) March 9, 2021
In reality, however, Ajmal was saying that colonial rulers in the past never tried to convert the people of the country into one particular religion. Charging prime minister Narendra Modi with trying to turn India into a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, he said that the BJP’s plans would be foiled.
Several media outlets including @NewsLiveGhy, @DY365 along with right wing groups have been sharing a doctored video of Honourable @BadruddinAjmal Sahab, clearly with a vested agenda. Here’s the original video from where parts are clipped to make the doctored one pic.twitter.com/DVck0wE4kD
— Dr Hafiz Rafiqul Islam (@HafizRafiqulMLA) March 10, 2021
In the original clip, a copy of which is available with InsideNE, Ajmal says, “In India, the Mughal Emperors ruled for 800 years. However, they did not even try to convert the nation to a Muslim nation. They did not say that everyone should convert to Islam. They did not try and they did not have the courage. Then again, the British ruled for 200 years and never tried to convert the Indians to Christianity. They did not have the guts. Post-independence, none of the Congress leaders tried to turn India into a Hindu rashtra. Modi ji…please do not see the dream to turn India into a Hindu Rashtra…your dreams will come undone.”
Meanwhile, Ajmal has threatened legal against the NGO in question for its apparent attempt to “derail his election campaign.”
“Neither the Indian National Congress nor the AIUDF have ever said anything communal. They gave the impression that we wished to turn Assam into Islamistan. It is 100% false and 100% fake. It is an adulterated clip that is meant to smear us and derail our election campaign,” Ajmal told mediapersons today.
The 2021 Assam Legislative Assembly election is the 15th quinquennial legislative assembly election scheduled to be held in Assam from March 27 to April 6 in three phases.
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