Guwahati: The illegal immigrants from Bangladesh entering Assam seem to be moving in a more curious way which can’t be imagined by the state government rather the BJP led government feels that no Bangladeshi national has entered into the state of Assam in the last 10 years.
In the wake of violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, BJP spokesperson Swapnanil Barua in a press conference said that no infiltration is happening since a decade and that the illegal immigrants only came to India earlier. He said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which was passed by the Lok Sabha seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who fled persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered the country before December 31, 2014. Barua further added that the Bangladeshis are not migrating to India due to economic reasons as they now fled to other developed countries like Europe, Gulf etc.
Giving a reason to it as why the Bangladeshis’ is not migrating to India, Barua said, “In Europe or Gulf the minimum wages they get is around Rs. 3000 per day but in India they get a wage of Rs. 1000. So there is no scope of coming here in India to earn low.” The BJP’s main contention has been giving citizenship to minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh on the grounds of religious persecution while. The party also claims that while Muslim Bangladeshis entered the country because of economic reasons, the Hindus and other minorities flee to neighbouring countries for religious persecution.
Although the party has declared that there is no migration of Bangladeshis in the state for the last 10 years and that they flee to Europe or Gulf or to other developed countries, it’s still not clear whether the problems of infiltration is still grim as said by the party during the last assembly election.
Meanwhile, another spokesperson Mominul Awal said that no new Hindu Bangladeshi will be brought to India with the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The spokesperson also made it clear that the bill does not have a scope of giving new citizenship rather it is for the people who are already living here.
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