Five NE CMs' statement on rise in influx from Bangladesh
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 6: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that for the reported increase in infiltration of Bagladeshis into Assam and other states in the Northeast the NDA-led BJP government is responsible.
Former Chief Minister, along with Opposition Leader Debabrata Saikia and party MLAs, said this at the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) chamber in the Assembly complex on Wednesday.
Five Chief Ministers from the north-eastern States – Sarbanda Sonowal from Assam, Prema Khandu from Aruchal Pradesh, N Biren Singh from Manipur, TR Zaliang from galand and Kumar Chamling from Sikkim – had expressed their concern over the increase in infiltration of Bangladeshis into the region at the meeting of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) at New Delhi on Tuesday.
Reacting to the statement from the chief ministers from the region, Gogoi said: “The BJP is in power at the Centre and in the State. In some States in the region there are parties that have understanding with the BJP in power. The BJP government at the Centre completed three years. Now as many as five chief ministers from the region have admitted the increase in influx of Bangladshis. This has proved it beyond doubt that the BJP has failed to meet its poll promise of stopping infiltration from Bangladesh in the event of coming to power.”
Meanwhile, Gogoi also came down heavily on Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal for skipping the State Assembly when it is in session just to attend the NEDA meeting at New Delhi. “During my 15-year stint as the Chief Minister of the State, I never skipped any Assembly session,” Gogoi said, and added: “The BJP’s new slogan – Congress-free government in northeast – should have been ‘unemployment-free and flood-free northeast’. The slogan smacks of the BJP’s fear that the people in the region are with the Congress, not with the BJP.”
Inside the Assembly, the Congress MLA did move a House adjournment motion by raising the issue of genocide of Rohingiyas in Myanmar. Some of the Congress MLAs staged a walkout when the Speaker refuse admit the motion. The Congress MLAs were later staging a dhar at Dispur Last Gate. Speaking on this, Gogoi said: “Not only Muslims, Hindus are also killed in Myanmar. This is a violation of human rights. India should give shelter to those fleeing Myanmar in camps the way we give shelter to flood-affected people for a stipulated time.”