Tripura CM flays BJP remark on 'immigrants'

Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Wednesday attacked the BJP for describing people from the northeast living in Delhi as "immigrants" -- a folly the BJP later rectified.

IANS| Last Updated: Feb 04, 2015, 12:45 PM IST

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Wednesday attacked the BJP for describing people from the northeast living in Delhi as "immigrants" -- a folly the BJP later rectified.

"The northeastern states are an integral part of India. Those people from northeastern states staying in Delhi are also citizens of India," he told reporters. 

Sarkar, a leader of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, said: "Why should people from northeastern states residing in Delhi be treated as immigrants? This is an absolutely wrong notion."

A 24-page Vision Document released on Tuesday by the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of Saturday's Delhi elections pledged to protect "immigrants" from the northeast living in the capital.