The Congress had kept the international boundary with Bangladesh open for its vote-bank politics, BJP national president Amit Shah alleged Wednesday. Shah, who addressed two rallies in Kokrajhar and Nagaon in Assam, said that the Congress was also responsible for Bangladeshi infiltrators spreading to all over the country.
“The Congress kept the international boundary open only in the interest of its vote-bank politics in Assam. The presence of infiltrators is now no longer limited only to Assam. They have spread all over the country. The biggest issue today is that these infiltrators pose a serious threat to the security of the country,” Shah said at both rallies.
Asking people to vote for the BJP, Shah said only a majority vote for his party would make Assam free of infiltrators. “To make Assam free of infiltrators, you will have to give the BJP a clear majority. Only the BJP can put an end to infiltration,” he said.
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“Whether Assamese-speaking or Bengali-speaking, whether Hindi-speaking or tribals, the rights of all communities living in Assam have been snatched by the Bangladeshi infiltrators,” he said. “It was the BJP government that settled the long-pending border issues with Bangladesh. Over 7,000 Bangladeshi infiltrators have also identified in recent months,” he said.
Hitting out at the Congress government in Assam headed by Tarun Gogoi, the BJP president said that while other states of the country made steady progress, Assam under the Congress only moved downwards. “Fifteen years after Congress rule, Assam stands at fourth rank from the bottom in terms of development,” he said.
Shah also accused Gogoi’s Congress government of indulging in corruption and family politics. “Nothing else has happened in Assam,” he alleged.
Also accusing Gogoi of failing to address the problem of unemployment, Shah said that the number of educated unemployed youth in Assam had risen from 10 lakh to 28 lakh in 15 years.
“I want to ask you, Mr Gogoi, can you develop Assam with this force of 28 lakh unemployed. Answer me with a yes or a no, or quit. You have no right to remain in office,” he said.