Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh on Sunday said people who came from Bangladesh after 1971 and settled in Assam or elsewhere in the country should be treated as illegal migrants and necessary action be taken against them.
“Everybody knows that there has been a huge influx of people of a particular community from Bangladesh during the last four decades and certain political parties have patronised them for vote-bank politics,” Singh said a rally at Karimganj in Barak Valley.
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“If BJP comes to power, we’ll institute an inquiry to find out how so many people of a particular community could enter the country illegally and settle down,” Singh said.
“If, however, anybody comes with proper passport, visa or work permit, we have no problem with that but we cannot accept if they do not go back and settle down here,” the BJP chief said.
“In the case of Hindus being harassed in Bangladesh and forced to flee that country, we cannot treat them as refugees, but must be sympathetic to their cause,” he said.
“BJP does not believe in distinction between different religions or on division of the country on the basis of religion as was done during the time of Independence,” he said.
“BJP believes in politics of humanity and not of religion. In Assam, we make no difference between Hindus and Muslims, but illegal migrants who are a threat to the indigenous population, will not be tolerated,” he said.
“Earlier, before BJP came to power in 1998, India was considered a weak country and this was a matter that always hurt Vajpayeeji. After coming to power, he decided that India will carry out nuclear tests and though many countries opposed it, he went on with the tests,” he said.
“Powerful countries threatened to stop economic aid and imposed sanctions, but we finally emerged strong and no country considers us weak now,” Singh said.