If elected to power in Assam, BJP would not only completely seal the Indo-Bangla border but also “completely free” the state of Bangladeshis, BJP president Amit Shah said Saturday. “The BJP government at the Centre has already resolved the boundary issue with Bangladesh. We will soon completely seal the border,” he said.
Asked how BJP proposed to deport detected infiltrators, Shah said deportation would have to be carried out jointly by the governments of Assam, India and Bangladesh. “While we are committed to implement Assam Accord in letter and spirit, another priority will be to totally stop further infiltration from Bangladesh,” he said.
He accused Congress of protecting Bangladeshi infiltrators and asked the party to make its stand clear on the influx issue. “We have several times asked Congress to make its stand clear. But both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi have maintained a stoic silence. This is dangerous,” Shah said.
Shah said CM Tarun Gogoi had even gone to the extent of denying presence of Bangladeshi infiltrators in Assam. “Gogoi has recently said he would quit if anyone could show him a Bangladeshi infiltrator. But Gogoi forgot that his government had produced a White Paper in 2012 that gives details of how many thousand persons have been declared as infiltrators by various tribunals since 1985,” he said.
“In this election, development and Bangladeshi influx are the biggest issues. For years, youth of Assam have been deprived of jobs because of Bangladeshis. The culture of Assam is also under threat,” Shah said.
He claimed that the alliance would win a clear two-thirds majority in this election. “People voted in large numbers for BJP and its allies in the first phase. I am confident that the same will be repeated in the second and final phase on Monday,” he said.
He also said that if voted to power, his party would hand over investigation into the Saradha and other chit fund scams to the CBI.