SILCHAR, Feb 22 � BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today promised at a public rally here that his party, if voted to power, will immediately take steps to accommodate the Hindu migrants from Bangladesh across the country and also do away with the detention camps housing them.
Addressing the Barak Vikas Samavesh at the Ramnagar ground here, Modi said that it is time to halt the Congress misrule and it is up to the people of the State to decide if they want to keep facing these issues, or change the future of Assam.
Modi also promised to free the people from the �D� voter tag. �Congress, for fear of losing votes and in its lust for power, has used this strategy to harass people, especially here in Barak Valley, with the �doubtful voter� tag.
�Please have faith in my words. I have solution to your problems. Assam lies next to Bangladesh, and Gujarat lies next to Pakistan. Today, Assam is disturbed due to Bangladeshi immigrants, and the whole of Pakistan is disturbed because of me. As soon as our government is formed in Delhi, I will destroy or remove all such detention camps here,� he promised.
He appealed to the Election Commission to free the people of the State from the D-voter tag and allow them to exercise their voting rights for a fair and unbiased election.
Modi went on to say that two factions of people came from Bangladesh � those brought as a part of vote bank conspiracy, and those who came to save themselves from atrocities in Bangladesh. �What was the fault of the people whose wives and daughters were raped? The Hindus have been displaced from their land because of harassment. India is the land for Hindus across the globe and they are welcome to stay here,� he said, adding that the Hindu immigrants will have to be settled across the country. He was also quick to add that the intruders must be thrown out of the country at all cost.
Modi said the results of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will be the beginning of the end of Congress. He said Assam is endowed with natural resources, like gas and petroleum, but these remain largely utilised because of the ill motives of the Congress ministers and leaders.
�Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi couldn�t sleep when he learnt that I will visit Silchar. He hurriedly came and announced some projects, something he should have done two years ago. The Congress has no agenda other than total destruction of the people,� Modi said.
He also talked of building sports universities and making arrangements for online examinations of job seekers.
Modi said that it is the Congress government which dividing the tea communities of Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. The government is biased when it comes to remuneration and other benefits to the tea labourers in the tea gardens of Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. It is because of this attitude of the government that the tea industry here is becoming sick, Modi added.
�Shame on the government which considers Bangladeshis as its own people, instead of the tea labourers who have been working in the gardens for well over 150 years,� he added.
During his 40-minute speech, which was attended by around two lakh people, Modi said former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had dreamt of connecting Silchar with the rest of the country with the Mahasadak, which is deliberately delayed by the present government. �Had this project progressed the way it was intended to be, it would have been a golden route of development,� Modi maintained.
He also slammed the government saying that the Congress government is not in power to serve the people and the delay in the railway gauge conversion is a glaring example to this point.