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Rajnath pledge to check influx

Dokmoka, March 30: BJP chief Rajnath Singh, who campaigned in Assam today, said the party would address the problem of influx of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in the border areas of Assam and seriously consider the autonomous state issue in Karbi Anglong if it comes to power.

Addressing an election rally at Dokmoka in Karbi Anglong this afternoon, Singh said: “The provision of an autonomous state under Article 244 (a) comprising the two hill districts of Assam — Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao — is there in the Constitution and that could be implemented.”

Over 10,000 people gathered since morning for the rally at Dokmoka. Earlier in the morning, the BJP president addressed a public rally at Karimganj in Barak valley. “Bangladeshi infiltration is still prevalent in this border area and the government is not doing anything to check the infiltrators. This government only thinks about vote bank. If we come to power we will send back those immigrants who came here after the Assam Accord,” Singh said. “We will assess the situation and then decide who stays on which side of the border. Of course, there are people who are being harassed on the other side of the border. We will make sure they get shelter in India.” Addressing another rally at Tinsukia, Singh said the Congress was “misleading” people by calling his party “divisive” to hide its own misdeeds.

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