'Tarun Gogoi government does not want updated NRC fearing votebank loss'
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, April 26: BJP tiol president Amit Shah said that Hindu refugees from Bangladesh would be given Indian citizenship if the party comes to power in Assam in next year’s Assembly elections. Shah was addressing a public rally at the Veteriry College field ground at Khapara here on Sunday.
“Some Hindus have come from Bangladesh due to religious persecution. BJP will give all of them citizenship once we come to power in Assam next year. Not just in Assam, the party will work towards giving Indian citizenship to all Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants across the country,” Shah said.
Shah expressed confidence that the BJP will win the 2016 Assembly elections in Assam and assured that it would tackle the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh.
Shah, who arrived here on the last leg of his eight-day tour of the Northeast region, appealed to the people to vote for his party and free Assam from illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
“Only the BJP can free Assam from illegal Bangladeshi immigrants. The people of Assam have given opportunity to many in the past. I request you to give just one chance to the BJP and we are going to make Assam one of the most developed States in the country,” he added.
The BJP tiol president said the Central government gave Rs 140 crore to update the tiol Register of Citizens (NRC) but the State government is going slow on the update work as it doesn’t want to lose the minority votes. “This will not continue for long. BJP will surely evict all illegal tiols from Assam,” he said. He called on the people to free Assam from the 15-year “rule of corruption” of the Congress and hand over the reins to Prime Minister rendra Modi for overall development of the State.
Referring to a recent CAG report, Shah claimed there are no accounts for Rs 13,000 crore Central funds. “Tarun Gogoi, please give accounts for that money or else people will seek answer during polls next year,” he said.
Highlighting the achievements of the rendra Modi government at the Centre, he said the main feature of the tiol Democratic Alliance is that there is no corruption till now, while there used to be a scam every day during the tenure of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
“The UPA government promised to control price rise of essential commodities. It was in power for ten years but failed to contain it. However, in only nine months since the NDA assumed charge at the Centre, we have been able to control price rise. In fact, the UPA government did not want to control price rise,” Shah claimed.
He also claimed that the country’s security scerio has improved since the rendra Modi government came to power.
However, the BJP tiol president did not highlight the State’s problems like flood, erosion and other burning issues.
Besides Shah, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbanda Sonowal also spoke on the occasion.