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Infiltration, sealing border BJP's priority in Assam: Sonowal

By The Assam Tribune

GUWAHATI, May 19 (IANS): BJP chief ministerial candidate in Assam Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday said dealing with "infiltration" and sealing the India-Bangladesh border would be a priority, as the party appeared poised to form its maiden government in the northeastern state.

"Issues like infiltration, sealing of the Indo-Bangla border, problems of small tea growers, unemployment -- are the major challenges. We will work together (with allies) to resolve these issues," Sonowal told NDTV.

Asked about the issue of migration from Bangladesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said: "We will seal the border to stop infiltration."

He also said that a list will be prepared with names of "bonafide" Indian citizens.

"The main target is to protect the interest of bonafide citizens, whether Hindu or Muslim," he said.

Talking about the imminent victory of the BJP, Sonowal said: "People of Assam were fed up with Congress. They wanted good governance and that is why they voted for BJP and the alliance."

Asked if the alliance will have a smooth sail, the chief ministerial candidate said: "Whatever we do, we will do it in consultation with all ally partners."

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