Guwahati: Lashing out at the Tarun Gogoi led Congress government in Assam, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday accused the state government of allowing illegal Bangladeshi migrants to enter and flourish in the north-eastern state for vote-bank politics jeopardizing national security.
The Bharatiya Janata Party was the only party that did not compromise on national security for vote bank politics, Mr Amit Shah said while addressing a rally in Dibrugarh. He claimed that a state free of illegal immigrants was not possible under the Congress rule in Assam.
Amit Shah, who arrived in Dibrugarh today morning, accused the Congress of entering a “tacit understanding” with All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), and dared Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to talk openly with AIUDF chief Maulana Badaruddin Ajmal rather than have a secret understanding.
“…main aap logon se poochhna chahta hun kya Congress aur AIUDF aapko Bangladeshi mukt Assam de sakta hain (Do you think Congress and AIUDF can give you a Bangladeshi-free Assam?),” Mr Amit Shah said while slamming the alleged vote bank politics of the Congress and AIUDF.
Reiterating his party’s commitment towards the region’s development, he mentioned the ongoing Naga peace talks and the extradition of United Liberation Front of Asom general secretary Anup Chetia from Bangladesh and said it was BJP-led central government that was working actively towards regional development.
“Assam is a state with international borders. We know the necessity for a secured border. Being a frontal state, Assam needs, above all, a patriotic government, a committed government that understands the importance of national security. Only a BJP government can ensure all these,” he said.
The BJP president also hit out at the Tarun Gogoi government and said the Congress cannot give a corruption-free administration to the state’s people. He asked BJP workers in Assam to move from door to door ahead of the 2016 Assembly elections and highlight the alleged corruption of the Congress government in the state.
Justifying the Centre’s move on a land swap deal between India and Bangladesh, the BJP praesident said the treaty would help permanently resolve the issue of illegal infiltration from the neighbouring country.