Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made a statement last Saturday. In this statement, he said, "Hindutva is a way of life.'' At the same time, he claimed that "followers of most religions are descendants of Hindus.'' In fact, a senior BJP leader held a press conference to mark the completion of the second month of his government in the state. Speaking at the event, he said, "Hindutva started 5,000 years ago and cannot be stopped.''
At the same time, he said, "Hindutva is a way of life. How can I or anyone stop it?'' Almost all of us are descendants of Hindus. Hindutva cannot be removed because it will mean moving away from its roots and motherland. On the issue of love jihad, he said, "He objects to the word, but no one will be allowed to cheat a woman.'' Sarma also said, "The government will not tolerate any woman being cheated by anyone, whether Hindu or Muslim. Appropriate action will be taken against such criminals to ensure the safety of our sisters. Lying to a Hindu girl on behalf of a Hindu boy is also jihad. We will bring a law against it.''
He further claimed, "This is what the Constitution of India says and MLAs in the Assembly are above the ministers in this regard.'' In fact, Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora had said last Friday that "chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's statement that he shot criminals who escaped from custody or tried to escape with a gun will have serious consequences and Assam will turn into a 'police state'.''