Jharkhand: BJP whips up Bangladeshi immigrant issue

Influx of alleged Bangladeshi immigrants was a major poll issue for the BJP in Assam and was believed to be one of the major reasons for its win there.

Ranchi | Updated: June 21, 2016 9:49 am
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With the Assam win still fresh, the state BJP has upped the ante on the issue of Bangladeshi immigrants in Jharkhand’s Santhal Pargana division, which shares border with West Bengal.

The state BJP’s two-day executive committee meeting in Dumka ended Monday with a resolution demanding that the state government form a commission or task force that would work in tandem with the Centre to check the growing proportion of alleged Bangladeshi immigrants in districts like Sahibganj, Pakur and parts of Godda.

Influx of alleged Bangladeshi immigrants was a major poll issue for the BJP in Assam and was believed to be one of the major reasons for its win there.

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“The influx of Bangladeshi immigrants is a threat to national security and is disturbing the population balance. Vote bank politics and pseudo-secularism, practised by the Congress and some parties having Jharkhand prefix to their names, only give rise to communalism. The executive committee demands that to stop Bangladeshi immigrants, this government may constitute a commission or a special task force with the help of the Centre,” read the resolution.

State unit general secretary Ashok Kumar said: “Pakur, Sahibganj and parts of Godda are facing this problem. We have been demanding action for years. But, obviously, we could not expect anything from governments led or supported by Congress, which plays appeasement politics. Now we have our government at the Centre and state. When Assam can begin working on the issue, we can expect the same.”

BJP state vice-president Deepak Prakash said: “Our estimates put the number of such illegal immigrants at over 6 lakh. There are a couple of lakhs who are yet to be identified. They come here illegally and gradually get all residential documents. This is creating a law and order problem.”

The demand is also part of the BJP’s strategy to consolidate its presence in Santhal Pargana. Till recently, the region was a Jharkhand Mukti Morcha stronghold. Congress too had a base there. Currently, out of the 18 Assembly seats in Santhal Pargana, BJP has seven and out of three Lok Sabha seats, it has one. JMM lost its hold in the area in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls of 2014 and Congress made few gains.

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  1. R
    Jun 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm
    "whipped up the issue" ? Pressutes make it sound like there arent illegal Bangladeshi criminals throughout this country. In am, the people felt it and they kicked the jihadis supporting CONgis out. The days of "seculars" selling our country for vote bank is over.
    1. K
      Jun 20, 2016 at 8:45 pm
      The Bangla Deshis are the day labors in all over Punjab, a State that had the least number of Muslims, then Kerala has seen an influx of Bangla Deshis, most of them in the construction industry, Kerala;s Muslim potion is welcoming these new arrivals to work against Christians and Hindus, Most of these people from Bangla Desh know the Indian methods and short cuts to getting ration cards and Aadhar cards, thanks to the thriving market in corruption.
      1. S
        Sumit Bose
        Jun 21, 2016 at 2:42 am
        The extent of the cultivation of the vote-banks is so stark, here are a few pertinent figures; In the 1970 elections of stan, East Papistan had 162 seats of the 300 Parliamentary seats in total, as the potion of East Papistan was much more than the potion of the western wing. Today Papistan's potion is 192 million, while Bangladesh's potion is 171 million. Even if we concede that Bangladesh's potion should be equal to Papistan's, then we are left with a deficit of 21 million missing. THAT 21 MILLION ( at the very least) ARE INSIDE INDIA ! Is it any wonder that at independence, India had only 2 districts that had muslim majority demographic figures ( both in Kerela, courtesy Tipu Sultan and his Malabar campaign)), today there are 6 more in Bihar/Bengal . Besides states that had hardly any cutbullas , as, am, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur etc have enough cutlets to skew the socio-cultural profile of the entire region. A very BIIG thanks to the Khangress/lefties for injecting/nurturing a hostile eniy into our truncated land; when the Indian Independence act clearly stated the land allocated to stan is to be the homeland of all Indian Muslim converts.
        1. V
          Jun 21, 2016 at 6:09 am
          Illegal anti-hindu communal media and parties r with illegal Bangladeshi muslim immigrants.