BJP to continue giving citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshi immigrants

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 10:11 IST
Amit Shah at the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata on Wednesday. (HT Photo/Ashok Nath Dey)

The national president of BJP, Amit Shah, said on Wednesday that the BJP-led government at the Centre will combat the menace of illegal immigration from Bangladesh and continue the process of giving citizenship to Hindu immigrants from that country.

“On the one hand, we have taken steps to stop illegal immigrants from entering India by reaching an understanding with Bangladesh. We are also completing the fencing at the Indo-Bangladesh border at the earliest. On the other hand, the process of giving citizenship to the Hindu immigrants will take place simultaneously,” Shah said while addressing an interactive seminar, “Economic Agenda for Eastern India Development,” organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Kolkata.

According to him, the current Indian government under BJP rule has adopted an aggressive defence policy, which was absent in the earlier Congress-led UPA-I and UPA-II governments.

“Gone are the days when outsiders came and chopped off heads of our soldiers. Our soldiers are now cracking down on separatist groups having bases in another country by going to that country,” Shah said indirectly referring to the successful operations by the Para Commando regiment of the Indian Army in neighbouring Myanmar against the Northeast Indian separatist groups based there.

Commenting on the ruckus in Parliament, Shah said although what is happening is quite unfortunate, it cannot stop the current BJP government from achieving a GDP growth of 10% by 2019.

“That is our challenge. When the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA-I government vacated office in 2004, the country’s GDP growth was 8.4%. In the next 10 years of UPA-I and UPA-II rule from 2004 to 2014, the GDP growth came down to 4.4%,” said the national president of the BJP.

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