NEW DELHI, Jan 19 � Reverting to its earlier stand, the BJP today charged that the Congress� indulgence to large-scale Bangladeshi infiltration is the root cause of recurring violence in Assam, reports PTI.
Passing a political resolution at the end of the two-day national council meeting, the BJP alleged that there has to be a national consensus to treat the Assam problem as an India versus foreigners issue and not as Hindu versus Muslim issue.
However, those Hindus who were forced to leave both Pakistan and Bangladesh because of religious persecution must be given due safety and security and refugee status, the resolution stated and added that there must be a National Register of Citizen (NRC) by deleting the names of non-citizens from the voter�s list in Assam.
The sanctity of the tribal belts must be maintained. It is indeed unfortunate that the Assam Accord, concluded by Rajiv Gandhi, has been totally forgotten by the government led by a party headed by Sonia Gandhi, the resolution added.
Earlier, addressing the national council, several top leaders of the party, including Lok Sabha Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj and Ravi Shankar Prasad, referring to Assam, launched a scathing attack on the Congress party.
Ravi Shankar Prasad deplored the Congress for playing second fiddle to illegal migrants, pointing out that Congress president Sonia Gandhi has blissfully forgotten that her husband Rajiv Gandhi had signed the Assam Accord and amended the Citizenship Act. But so far no attempt has been made to detect and deport the illegal migrants who had entered Assam post 1971.
Referring to the killing of rhinos in the Kaziranga National Park, he said that he has learnt that over 100 rhinos were killed during the recent past because the Congress regime has
settled illegal Bangladeshi
migrants in the periphery of the park.
The BJP is firmly opposed to any hurried border dispute settlement with Bangladesh and it must be a part of comprehensive solution of all issues, including the most important issue of infiltration, the resolution stated.
However, there must be an earnest effort to find a permanent solution to the Naga issue. The disturbing reports that some part of Indian territory has been lost to Myanmar while facilitating border fencing in Manipur, where even parts of the land belonging to the world renowned biodiversity park has been notified, is indeed a matter of very serious concern. The government must take prompt steps to set it right.
It is indeed deplorable that the people of Arunachal Pradesh continue to suffer staple visa on their Indian Passport by China. Arunachal is an integral part of India and shall always remain so, the resolution relating to North East stated.
Earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP�s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, taking a swipe at the Congress party, said that top priority would be accorded to backward States, like Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa and others.