Pasighat, Oct. 11: BJP leader L.K. Advani today slammed the UPA government for its “soft stance” towards illegal Bangladeshi migrants, the majority of whom have been “directly or indirectly linked to terror in the country.”
He blamed the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre for promoting “external aggression” in the ethnically sensitive Northeast.
“The flip flop policies of the UPA government in dealing with militancy in the ethnically sensitive states of Northeast, especially Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, only aggravated the problems of the region. Be it China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh or tackling insurgency, the central government has failed to come up with a proper framework”, he said.
Advani was addressing a massive rally on the occasion of BJP’s Vijay Sankalp Yatra at Gandhi Market here, headquarters of East Siang district. He pointed a finger at the Bangladeshi migrants for the recent spate of blasts in Agartala and the violence in Assam’s Udalgiri district.
“The serial blasts in Agartala and violence in Udalgiri district bear testimony to the fact that the people of the Northeast, especially the tribals, are being butchered in their own backyard by elements from outside. Due to the soft stance of the UPA government, the militant groups continue to have the upper hand”, he added.
“Laws like IMDT in Assam, for which the Manmohan Singh government has come under the scanner, is a pointer to the fact that the Centre is willing to keep insurgency alive in the Northeast for its own selfish ends,” he alleged.
On a query about the Chinese claim on Arunachal Pradesh, he said: “There will be no compromise on the state’s territorial integrity or the country’s sovereignty.”
He said the illegal Bangladeshi migrants were a serious threat to national security. “Unabated influx at the behest of Congress governments of the Northeast has compounded the security problem of the region and country at large”.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, however, was prompt to clarify that the party had no hand in the recent spate of attacks on Christians in the country and condemned it vehemently.
Advani also visited Donyi Polo Ganggeng, a prayer hall at Mirmir village, about 4 km from here. Besides meeting Christian leaders, he also interacted with party leaders, representatives of NGOs, district-level leaders and workers.