New Delhi: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa on Monday accused that Congress had brought illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh into Assam for its “votebank”.
“You brought Bangladeshis into Assam for ‘votebank’,” the BJP member from Assam said while participating in the discussion on the working of Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in the Upper House, in a veiled attack on the Congress party.
He claimed that after the BJP came to power it had sealed the border area and now illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh could not intrude into Assam. “We have controlled the illegal immigrants issue…. Therefore I want Congress not to come in power again because the same problem will resurface again,” Tasa said.
Taking at dig at the Congress over inter-state boundary issue in North Eastern region, the BJP MP questioned why it was not resolved during the Congress regime.
“Why inter-state boundary issue with Assam-Arunachal Pradesh, Assam-Meghalaya, Assam-Nagaland, Assam-Mizoram not resolved earlier ? Narendra Modi led-government and Union Home Minister Amit Shah ji thought to resolve it,” he said.
The Home Minister during the 69th plenary session of North Eastern Council (NEC) last year asked all the Chief Ministers of NE to resolve the inter-state boundary issue, Tasa said.
Accordingly Assam CM (Himanta Biswa Sarma) took the initiative to solve the inter-state boundary issue with Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal, he added.
The BJP MP also claimed that after the BJP rode to power at the Centre it brought peace in the NE region which earlier was struggling with the insurgency issue. “Earlier there was extremists problem. Now it is peaceful,” Tasa said, while citing the recently concluded Assembly polls in the North Eastern state of Manipur.
The BJP MP also highlighted about the various developmental initiatives undertaken by the ruling BJP in the NE region.