GUWAHATI: For the first time, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal reacted to the proposal of Miya Museum construction at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.
Sonowal said, “This is obvious that we will continue to work to keep the ideology of Srimanta Sankardeva alive with which Kalakshetra was established.”
CM Sonowal’s reaction came after Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed had proposed to construct a Miya Museum at Srimanta Kalakshetra which was established as a part of the historic Assam Accord.
The BJP and several indigenous organisations launched blistering attack against the MLA for the proposal as they believe it would distort the identity and heritage of the epitome of Assamese culture.
Assam health, finance and education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma clarified that no such museum would be allowed at Srimanta Kalakshetra.
“The Assam Government wants to clearly state that no Miya Museum or any other museums will be set up at Sankardeva Kalakshetra. The directorate of museums will not also set up any Miya Museum,” Dr. Sarma said on Sunday.
AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai also opposed the proposal.
“He (Sherman Ali Ahmed) has raised the issue only to get votes. What this MLA has done for the said community? He has communalised the issue for votes,” Nath said.
“AJYCP has clearly said that we don’t want Miya Museum to be constructed at Sankardeva Kalakshetra,” AJYCP general secretary Palash Changmai said.