BJP activists court arrest in Assam

A large number of BJP activists courted arrest during the `Jail Bharo` agitation in Assam demanding deletion of names of Bangladeshi migrants from voters` list in the state.

Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 17:31 PM IST

Guwahati: A large number of BJP activists
on Saturday courted arrest during the `Jail Bharo` agitation in
Assam demanding deletion of names of Bangladeshi migrants from
voters` list in the state.

Ahead of the state Assembly polls early next year,
slogan-shouting BJP workers demonstrated in front of the
offices of all district deputy commissioners and
sub-divisional officers demanding a correct voters` list by
removing the names of the illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
In Guwahati, BJP protesters led by local MP and party
national Vice-President Bijoya Chakraborty blocked the main
road in front of the Kamrup (Metro) DC`s office.

The demonstrators alleged that 82 of the 126 assembly
constituencies in Assam had recorded very high voter growth of
seven per cent to 10 per cent against the national average of
1.67 per cent.

Demanding that the administration of the state do not
fall into the hands of Bangladeshi migrants, but remains with
the indigenous people of the state, the protesters alleged
that Dhekiajuli constituency had a 22.5 per cent rise of
voters.

`Our Assam, Our land and Our vote` being its poll
plank, the saffron party vowed to fight for Assam and its
people in the upcoming Assembly polls.

The BJP activists, led by party state President Ranjit
Dutta also courted arrest protesting "rampant corruption
in the state and construction of big dams in the state".

Activists led by BJP Kisan Morcha national secretary
Shiladitya Dev and BJP Scheduled Tribe Morcha state president
Kulendra Daulagapu courted arrest in N C Hills district`s
Haflong, where they burnt tyres and blocked the main road to
press their demands including protection of tribals.

All the arrested people were kept in temporary jails
and later released.

PTI