Hindus from Bangla are welcome: Gadkari

BJP president Nitin Gadkari said Hindus who faced religious persecution in Bangladesh were welcome anytime to the country and should be given citizenship status.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 21:44 PM IST

Silchar: BJP president Nitin Gadkari
on Wednesday said Hindus who faced religious persecution in
Bangladesh were welcome anytime to the country and should be
given citizenship status.

Addressing two largely attended election rallies at
Patharkandi and Ramkrishnanagar in South Assam`s Barak valley
that goes to the Assembly hustings on April 4, Gadkari said
the BJP was firm on its stand that the Hindus from Bangladesh
should be accepted even if they came after the cut off year of
1971.

"However, there was no question of giving citizenship
to indigenous Muslims residing in the state for long and then
those who have come after 1971 shall have to leave the
country," Gadkari said in the minority-dominated areas near
the Indo-Bangla border.

Launching a scathing attack on the ruling Congress
both in the Centre and state, the BJP president said that
corruption had become the rule of the day.

"The Congress was against any probe into all the
corruption cases which will reveal their role", he alleged.

"Corruption will be the main election plank for BJP
and we will be seeking mandate with a promise to provide good
governance if voted to power", Gadkari said.

PTI