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Assam: Himanta writes to Maharashtra CM seeking withdrawal of dog remark statement

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Guwahati, March 21: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said that a letter has been written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on dog remark made by one of Maharashtra’s MLAs.

While addressing the legislative assembly, Sarma said, “I have written to the Maharashtra CM to ask the MLA to withdraw the statement made on dog meat consumption by the people of Assam.”

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma further said that if the statement was not recorded in the house, action would have been taken against the said MLA as police cannot take action against a statement made inside the house.

Meanwhile, multiple FIRs have been filed against Maharashtra MLA Bachchu Kadu in Assam.

Kadu made the statement on dog meat consumption in Assam during a session of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on March 4, 2023. Following Kadu’s statement, the people of Assam and several organisations staged protests against the Maharashtra MLA and demanded an apology from him.

On March 7, the Kokrajhar district Trinamool Youth Congress filed an FIR against him at the Sapkata Police Outpost. “Assamese people never consume dog meat. These types of statements sent a wrong message to the world, whereby they defamed the Assamese people and its culture,” said Rahiton Narzary, president, Kokrajhar district Trinamool Youth Congress.

On the other hand, legislators from the opposition on March 10 disrupted Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria’s speech in the Assembly over the dog meat-eating remark by the Maharashtra MLA.

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