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Ahead of poll in Assam, BJP flags illegal migration issue

Last Updated: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 21:38

Guwahati: With an eye on coming assembly
elections in Assam, BJP has decided to exploit the `foreigner`
card to the hilt as the party on Saturday flagged its concern over
illegal immigration from Bangladesh alleging it was fast
changing the demographic profile of the state.

BJP passed a resolution at its national executive meeting
here on the situation in Assam and the North-East with a
special focus on illegal immigration from Bangladesh and
increasing corruption in the region.
"The North-East has become a pocket of
infiltration....extortion is an industry here and corruption
is deep-rooted. There is extremism, under-growth and
under-development as well as pilferage of government funds,"
BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

"We have witnessed that major demographic changes are
taking place in Assam. 126 constituencies have recorded over 7
per cent population growth per annum which can be contrasted
with the national average growth rate of 1.67 per cent," Rudy

The resolution, moved by BJP general secretary Ravi
Shankar Prasad, said 18 assembly constituencies of Assam have
recorded over 10 per cent growth in number of voters with
Dhekiajhuli recording the highest growth rate of 22.5 per

BJP had raised this issue in a big way and a delegation
of senior central leaders met Chief Election Commissioner S Y
Qureshi to demand removal of such voters from the voters`

The resolution noted the Supreme Court observation hat
illegal immigration from Bangladesh is equivalent to
Rudy claimed the NDA government had made all efforts to
check illegal immigration.

He pointed out that the Department of North-East Region
(DONER) was formed during the NDA rule. A report on the "Loot
in the North-East" was also presented at the conclave.

Incidentally, BJP emphasised that Hindu Bengalis who
migrate from Bangladesh should not be treated as illegal
immigrants but protected and government should help them
settle here.

The party also criticised the Centre and the Assam
government for starting peace talks with ULFA saying this
exercise is undertaken before every election only to abandon
it after the polls.

"Bhutan had also raised objections to this after it
destroyed ULFA training camps on its soil. BJP demands that
any dialogue with ULFA should be transparent and long term,"
Rudy said.


First Published: Saturday, January 8, 2011 - 21:38
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