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Gadkari concern over influx

Agartala, Nov. 22: BJP president Nitin Gadkari today raised the pitch against the problem of infiltration from Bangladesh, asserting that unless “ceaseless infiltration” was stopped, very soon a Bangladeshi national would become the chief minister of Assam.

Gadkari said Assam was “worst affected by infiltration” in the entire northeastern region. “Already in 11 of the 27 districts of Assam, infiltrators form the majority of population and this menace is rising fast; the day is not far off when a Bangladeshi national will become the chief minister of Assam,” said Gadkari, speaking at a meeting in Shakuntala Square here.

The BJP president demanded immediate sealing of international borders along all northeastern states. He said besides the infiltrators from Bangladesh, Maoists and terrorist elements were also infiltrating the region.

“Demographic imbalance always spawns serious socio-economic and political problems but because of the disastrous policies of the Congress in the Centre and Assam as well as in other states of the Northeast, this problem has become most critical in the entire region,” Gadkari added.

“Altogether 4,750km represent borders with China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangla-desh and Nepal; this requires intense border vigil and tightening of all loopholes along the international border for security,” he said.

Gadkari arrived here last night and was given a warm reception at the airport by BJP workers and supporters. He held a series of meetings with leaders and workers and urged upon them to swing into action to perform reasonably well in the upcoming Assembly polls, tentatively scheduled in February next year.