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Wednesday , March 28 , 2012
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BJP pat for D-voter tag on migrants

Dhubri, March 27: The D-voter tag for illegal women migrants from Bangladesh was a welcome move, said Poonam Mahajan, vice-president of the All India Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.

The daughter of the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan addressed the open session of the annual convention of the Dhubri district unit of the Morcha at the Srimanta Sankardev Udyan here today.

Poonam said she was surprised to learn from local party leaders that women who had come to Assam after marriage from Bengal and other parts of the country were being branded doubtful voters and harassed while Bangladeshi women who entered illegally were being welcomed by the ruling party.

I also heard that young girls were being frequently kidnapped and married off forcefully and abandoned by their husbands after a few years, she said.

Poonam appealed to the women of the district to protest against these violations. Assuring 50 per cent reservation for women in the next panchayat elections in the state, Poonam also asked the women to unite themselves under BJP for their all-round development like in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.

The open session was also addressed by the state president of Mahila Morcha, Chikimiki Talukdar, state president of Kisan Morcha, Ashwini Roy Sarkar, state BJP secretary, Basanti Duara Kalita and state president of the BJP youth wing, Mriganka Barman.

The session was presided over by district unit president Bimal Oswal while district secretaries, Prasanjit Dutta and Biswajit Roy, conducted the session.