‘Govt not taking action against Bangladeshis’

New Delhi: The "petty vote-bank politics" has prevented an "intense action" by the government against three crore Bangladesh nationals illegally staying here and enjoying the benefits meant for Indian citizens, a Delhi court has said.

"It is unfortunate that while genuine citizens of this country continue to suffer in abject poverty, it is petty vote-bank politics which prevents a firm, resolute and intense government action against the three crores Bangladeshi nationals illegally staying in our country, enjoying all the benefits which otherwise are the entitlements of citizens, thereby compelling the courts to step in," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said.

The court's remarks came while awarding a 4-year jail term to a Bangladesh-based man who was convicted for illegally staying here.