Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has intensified his attacks on the BJP-led government at the Centre for its decision to relax visa norms for select Bangladeshi nationals and also criticised external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for failing to take up the illegal migrants issue with Dhaka during her recent visit there.
“Illegal immigration from Bangladesh was their (the BJP’s) Number one issue during the election campaign. But once they got votes of the people of Assam, they have now chosen to forget it,” Gogoi said. “Media reports suggest that Sushma Swaraj did not discuss about influx during her Dhaka visit. Why? What happened? Why was it put in the back-burner?”
He also mocked PM Narendra Modi saying, “Modi had, during his election campaign said all Bangladeshi infiltrators will have to go after May 17. Now that he does not talk about it, I presume that he thinks all the Bangladeshis have already left after that date.”
The Congress leader had in the past two weeks criticised the BJP several times over the Bangladeshi influx issue. “The BJP says one thing when it is in the opposition, another when it comes to power. When in opposition, they opposed the UPA’s land swap deal with Bangladesh. Now they seem to be pursuing it. Why is this dual stand?” Gogoi asked.
Continuing his attack on the BJP, Gogoi said his government would continue to oppose the Centre’s decision to relax visa norms for Bangladeshi nationals below 13 and above 65, and also giving them multiple entry visa.