The BJP has alleged that the illegal infiltration in Assam by Bangladeshis is a Congress ploy for enhancing its vote bank. Coming down heavily on the ruling UPA government regarding the chaotic situation in Assam, Party President Nitin Gadkari issued a demand to the Centre for sealing India’s border with Bangladesh.
The demand comes in wake of the string of violent incidents owing to illegal migration that have shaken Assam, claiming many lives and displacing over 2 lakh people. Gadkari was speaking at a programme “Bodo Hindus — Refugees in their own land: Bangladeshi Muslim infiltrators — the new kingmakers in an Indian State?” The programme was organized by the Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation. A photo exhibition on ‘The Agony of Kokrajhar’ was organized by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Tarun Vijay.
“The Congress has a tie-up with infiltrators from Bangladesh for its vote-bank politics and this is the main problem for the recent violence in Assam,” Gadkari alleged. “They must break this and protect the nation, the people of Assam. It is the duty of the central and state governments,” said Gadkari at discussion. “It is a simple question of infiltration in the area by people of foreign origin. Will we keep our doors open, allow them to attack people of Indian origin, and grab their properties just because of vote bank politics?” he asked. Gadkari called for the sealing of the Indian border with Bangladesh, citing examples where Israel used modern technology in developing fencing which made infiltration impossible. Gadkari also called for the need to identify illegal immigrants. He charged the infiltrators of attacking Indians and usurping their land. Castigating the government for not doing enough in protecting native innocent lives, Gadkari made an appeal to the Prime Minister to keep up the promises he had made towards the people of Assam in the past.
Nailing illegal foreign infiltration as the prime cause of the violence in Assam, Gadkari made a fervent appealed to all political parties to be a pillar of strength to the indigenous Indians and join hands in throwing out illegal migrants. “I appeal to all political parties not to link this with vote-bank politics and instead link this with the nation’s internal security…. It is not a problem of Hindus versus Muslims, as projected, but a problem between the people of Indian origin and foreign infiltrators,” Gadkari said.
The programme was attended by senior leaders from Bodoland. Former Assam Gov SK Sinha, noted columnist Swapna Dasgupta, SK Biswamutyari, MP Loksabha, Bishwajit Daimary, Rajyasabha MP Kampa Borguyari, former MP and Sr BJP leader from Assam Sarbananad Sonowal.
Speaking to the audience, Daimary said that the entire violence appears pre-planned “as canards are being spread by Muslim groups against the Bodos in a very systematic manner through both Delhi and Guwahati. It is unfortunate that we have been rendered homeless in our own towns.” Kokrajhar MP SK Bwismuthiary appealed to the Indians to stand united to save the indigenous people of the land. “If India is really our country, it should stand up for us now. It is not a problem of Bodo or Assamese people, but of the whole country,” he said.
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