Guwahati, Sept. 14: The AGP today accused the ruling Congress of being insincere in resolving the issue of illegal migrants.
Addressing a news conference here today, AGP working president Atul Bora said there was a lack of concern on the part of the Tarun Gogoi government to resolve the vexed issue of illegal migrants, which he held responsible for the recent violence in the BTAD.
He said the state government was yet to appoint a full-fledged director at the National Register of Citizens (NRC) directorate. Many organisations believe that updating the 1951 NRC of Assam on the basis of the voter list of 1971 is the only way to detect illegal Bangla-deshi settlers in the state.
Bora said it was because of the lackadaisical attitude of the state government 3,83,790 people, who have been identified as illegal migrants by the tribunals, had gone missing in the state.
“The government has not yet been able to arrest these illegal migrants. The Congress-led government has turned the state into a grazing ground for illegal Bangladeshi migrants,” he said.
Bora described the statement of Bangladesh foreign minister Dipu Moni that India did not raised the problem of illegal migrants with Bangladesh as unfortunate.
He also expressed concern over reports emanating out of the Union home ministry that hundreds of illegal migrants, who had taken shelter in different relief camps in Dhubri district, had gone missing after the authorities started verifying antecedents of the victims of the recent violence.
“According to the reports, they fled from the relief camps since they did not have any document to establish their Indian citizenship,” he said.
Bora criticised the recent statement given by Congress MP Rahul Gandhi during his visit to the relief camps saying, “We are all Indians and we should stay together.”
He also condemned chief minister Tarun Gogoi for saying that “most of the inmates of relief camps are genuine Indian citizens”.
Bora said based on the revenue records of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), out of total 2.32 lakh bighas of land in the BTAD, 39,285 bighas were occupied by suspected illegal migrants.
According to Bora, the implementation of the Assam Accord within a specific timeframe and fencing the international border with Bangladesh can only prevent clashes like the recent one in the BTAD in the future.
The Asom Yuba Parishad (AYP), the youth wing of the AGP, burnt the effigy of Union petroleum minister S. Jaipal Reddy in front of the party headoffice today to protest the hike in diesel and LPG prices.
The AYP members will burn Reddy’s effigy in all the district headquarters tomorrow.