Dhubri, Dec 4: BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal today blamed the Congress for allowing illegal immigrants from Bangladeshis to settle in Assam and accused the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) of shielding them after the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act was repealed in 2005.
Addressing a public meeting at Salkocha near Bilasipara in Dhubri district, Sonowal said the Congress had not done anything for the uplift of Assam’s most backward district and it was conspiring to give the entire land to Bangladesh.
“The law and order situation in Assam has deteriorated in such a way that even Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed serious concern over it,” Sonowal said.
He said Assam had become a heaven for crime. The BJP state president said chief minister Tarun Gogoi had failed on all fronts and had even expressed his inability to clear outstanding salaries of 33 months of government employees as the state coffers were empty.
Sonowal said Dhubri was once “a vibrant centre of trade and commerce since the days of the British Raj but, over the years, the Congress has changed its demography.”
If the BJP comes to power at the Centre and Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister, the state BJP will demand a special package for Dhubri district, Sonowal said.
Speaking at the meeting, state BJP Minority Morcha president Sayed Maminul Awal said illegal immigration of Bangladeshis was threatening the existence of indigenous Muslims of lower and Upper Assam.
“In the land of Xankardev and Ajan Fakir, there had been no hatred or any clashes between Hindus and Muslims. But illegal migration has created a deep sense of insecurity among the people of Assam and other states of the Northeast,” Awal said.
Awal also said the BJP did not indulge in communal politics, but the Congress and the AIUDF were campaigning in the villages that the BJP was a communal party.
At the meeting, 2,462 Congress, AGP and AIUDF leaders and workers joined the BJP. While welcoming the new members into party, Sonowal appealed to party workers to work hard to shine in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The meeting was also attended by the state president of BJP’s Kishan Morcha, Aswini Roy Sarkar, former legislator of Golokganj Dinesh Chandra Sarkar, president of the Chhah Janagosthi Morcha, Rameswar Teli, Dhubri district party president Dipak Kumar Saha and vice-president Debamoy Sanyal.