Ali had called the martyrs of Assam’s anti-foreigner’s movement as assassins, which triggered widespread protests across the state.
On Saturday, police arrested him on charges of “provocation with intent to cause riot” and “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion.”
The Congress president earlier issued a show-cause notice to Ali for his remarks Assam. Ali could not submit a reply in the three-day time period which ended on Monday.
Borah said, “Sherman Ali has repeatedly been violating party discipline and went unpunished in the past. If he was punished earlier he would not have repeated it again. We cannot let him off without any action this time or else it would be a foolish decision. After my meeting with Sonia Gandhi, I had announced that we will have zero tolerance against any member of the party who violates party discipline.”
“He cannot insult the martyrs of Assam agitation. The Assam Accord, in which Congress is a signatory too, has recognized the martyrs and we cannot tolerate any Congressmen insulting the martyrs,” Borah said.
The court of chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup (Metro) on Sunday sent Ali to two-day police custody with Panbazar police station here. Various people and organizations have filed FIRs against Ali in 21 police stations across the state, all of which have been registered.