Ahead of poll in Assam, BJP flags illegal migration issue
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 08, 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 said.

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 cent.

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' list.

The resolution noted the Supreme Court observation hat illegal immigration from Bangladesh is equivalent to aggression.

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 08, 2011, 21:38

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