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Political parties promise to weed out illegal immigration in Assam

Infiltration has been a major poll plank in all Assam polls for the past four decades and the assembly election this year is no exception.

assembly elections Updated: Apr 07, 2016 14:47 IST
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Congress supporter arrive for an election campaign by party president Sonia Gandhi at Jhargaon, in Morigaon district of Assam.
Congress supporter arrive for an election campaign by party president Sonia Gandhi at Jhargaon, in Morigaon district of Assam.(PTI Photo)

Infiltration has been a major poll plank in all Assam polls for the past four decades and the assembly election this year is no exception.

While BJP is pledging to resolve the issue, ruling Congress claims it has already taken initiative in this regard by updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Leading BJP’s campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government would not allow infiltration and resolve it as a top priority.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, however, asserted there was no Bangladeshi in the state and “my government took the initiative to get the NRC updated and the process is on”.

“NRC updating will bring to end issues of infiltration from Bangladesh. There are people who believe infiltration is still going on despite erection of a barbed wire fencing and intensified BSF patrolling along the border,” Gogoi said.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh, during his election campaign in the state, appealed to the people to give the government some time to completely seal the India-Bangladesh border so that no infiltrators could enter.

Along with illegal infiltration, Rajnath said, there has been huge movement of fake currency from the neighbouring country affecting the economy.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said relations with Bangladesh were never as good as they were now and the BJP would take this opportunity to resolve the issue as it was a matter of national security.

BJP’s alliance partner AGP has demanded that all clauses of the Assam Accord be implemented and infiltration issue be resolved.

AGP had spearheaded a six-year-long agitation for detection and deportation of Bangladeshi migrants that led to the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985.

However, Congress and opposition All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), with the traditional support of the minorities, asserted that harassment of Indians will not be tolerated in the name of identifying foreigners.