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Many parties using infiltrators as vote banks: Sushma

india Updated: Aug 13, 2010 22:44 IST

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Friday said that many political parties are not taking the problem of infiltration seriously because of 'vote bank politics'.

"There is no consensus on the issue among the political parties as they are not serious and some are treating infiltrators as their vote bank," Swaraj told a conclave on influx of Bangladeshis organised by the North East Policy Institute in Guwahati.

She regretted that several important clauses of the historic Assam Accord, signed 25 years ago, have not been implemented.

"All political parties need to go in for self-introspection and analyse why the accord has not been implemented", she said.

Describing the agitation spearheaded by the All Assam Students Union (AASU) in the 1980s against infiltration as the biggest struggle after Independence, Swaraj called for a new "workline" to ensure that the accord was implemented.

"A new workline has to be thrashed out which should be legally tenable, socially acceptable and politically useful," the BJP leader said.

"There has been severe set back in deportation of infiltrators as a result of which the demographic pattern of Assam is threatened," she said.

Swaraj called for completing the fencing work along the Indo-Bangla border, which was the only solution in stopping influx of foreigners.