BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday formally launched his party’s “oust Congress” campaign in Assam where the assembly elections are to be held next year.
Addressing a rally in the state capital on his first visit to the state after taking over as the BJP chief, Shah raised the issue of Bangladeshi migrants and claimed that only a BJP government in the state could ensure that “infiltrators were detected and expelled”.
“Bangladeshi infiltrators have taken away everything. They have taken away land of the Assamese people. They have taken away your jobs. They have eaten into the development funds. Yet the Congress government does not have the guts to touch them. It is only the BJP which can free Assam from the clutches of the Bangladeshis,” Shah said.
He also took credit for the process of updating the National Register of Citizens currently going on in the state and said the NDA government had earmarked Rs 140 crore to the state for this purpose. “Once the NRC is revised and updated, all the Bangladeshi infiltrators will be exposed,” Shah said.
He, however, said those who had come from Bangladesh because of religious discrimination would be given citizenship.
Shah criticised the Congress and its vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying it was quite natural for people like him who are “born with a silver spoon” not to see any positive change happening in the country since the BJP came to power. “Rahul baba can’t see the changes because he is wearing foreign glasses. Start wearing Hindustani glasses, and you will see the changes brought by the Narendra Modi government,” Shah said.
He also attacked state’s Tarun Gogoi government accusing it of being corrupt. “The CAG has pointed to a Rs 13,000-crore scam. There is scam in the agriculture department as well as in the public distribution system. Congress leaders have been also accused of benefitting from the multi-crore Sharadha chit fund scam,” he said.