BJP leader and NDA prime ministerial candidate L K Advani on Wednesday hit out at the Congress for grossly ignoring the Bangladeshi infiltration issue in its election manifesto and said India should not become a dharamshala for illegal migrants from the neighbouring country.
Launching the NDAs election campaign from this rural centre of Karbi Anglong hill district in central Assam,Advani accused the Congress party of neglecting Assam and the Northeast.
I have gone through in detail the Congress election manifesto released in New Delhi yesterday and have discovered that there is not a single word in it about the problem of infiltration from Bangladesh. This brings to my mind how the then Congress Government had bid farewell to the people of Assam when the Chinese attacked India in 1962, Advani said.
He also asked Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to answer why the Congress was not worried about the problem of Bangladeshi infiltration. The Congress is not bothered about Assams problems, he said.
Advani was here to campaign for Kulendra Daulagupu,a BJP candidate backed by the AGP for the Autonomous Districts Lok Sabha constituency. This constituency comprises the two hill districts of Assam Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills which have been badly affected by armed insurgency and ethnic violence during the past five or six years.
Advani also referred to the Supreme Court judgment of July 2005 scrapping the controversial IMDT Act in which the apex court had censured the Government of India as well as the state Government for not taking any steps to tackle migration from Bangladesh.
The Supreme Court had likened the Bangladeshi influx issue to an external aggression. It had also described Bangladeshi infiltrators as an economic burden,apart from increasing crime rates and unemployment. Yet,there is not one word about this problem in the Congress manifesto, Advani said.
Assams biggest problem is Bangladeshi infiltration. How can you allow people from another country to come here without passport or visa and stay on? This is not a dharamshala, he said.
The BJP leader also called for tackling terrorists from outside the country with a strong hand. The Government should tackle terrorists from outside the country with a tough hand. But at the same time,groups from within the country should be brought to the negotiating table, he said.