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NEW DELHI, Aug 9 � Accusing the Congress of abandoning the line propagated by Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi on the threats posed by illegal migration into the State, Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley described the ordering of the CBI probe into the carnage as a clerical approach to resolve a major problem.

Jaitley, who was was participating in a Short Duration discussion on the violence in BTAD areas today in the Upper House accused Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi of sending mixed signals and lacking clarity of thoughts.

The debate that was initiated yesterday, saw Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde responding. However, the Home Minister�s reply fell far short of the expectations of the MPs, as he choose to repeat whatever he had said in Lok Sabha yesterday. Questions over vital issues pertaining to the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh were left unanswered.

Jaitley urged the Centre to fenced the unfenced 670-odd Km and start the detection process.

Earlier, Jaitley, who came armed with facts and figures, questioned the Congress changing stand on the problem of illegal migrants. The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee in its 1945 Election manifesto stated �Unless the province of Assam is organised on the basis of Assamese language and Assamese culture, the survival of the Assamese nationality and culture will become impossible.�

�Notwithstanding this initial conviction of the Congress party led by Gopinath Bordoloi, the party changed its position in post Independent India. Two of its important leaders who both became Union Ministers, advocated an alternative philosophy. This philosophy entailed a huge encouragement to illegal immigration from East Pakistan (later Bangladesh), so that the demographic character of Assam could be altered. This opportunistic policy in the pre-1971 era, ignored the concerns of national security, changes in the demography patterns and the making of serious in-roads into the strategic land link between Assam and the rest of the country,� he said.

The Congress party�s alternative strategy now was to make detection, identification and deportation impossible, if not very difficult, the Opposition Leader said, referring to the IMDT Act.

The Government�s approach has been wholly disappointing. The Government is treating this as a transient law and order problem. All Government�s comments have been in that direction. The Minister has to display a vision. The Congress has to change its policy. It does not have to import illegal immigrants to increase its vote bank. The cost of this is being paid by the people of Assam and India, he said.

This crisis is not a law and order problem. It is not an Assamese problem. It is a direct and inequitable consequence of a structured and conspired demographic invasion of Assam. By merely bringing Army for a few days or organizing relief camps you will not solve the problem. The Government must stop this illegal immigration; the entire border must be fenced; the detection and deportation must begin forthwith, he said.

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Jaitley slams Govt over influx in State

NEW DELHI, Aug 9 � Accusing the Congress of abandoning the line propagated by Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi on the threats posed by illegal migration into the State, Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley described the ordering of the CBI probe into the carnage as a clerical approach to resolve a major problem.

Jaitley, who was was participating in a Short Duration discussion on the violence in BTAD areas today in the Upper House accused Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi of sending mixed signals and lacking clarity of thoughts.

The debate that was initiated yesterday, saw Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde responding. However, the Home Minister�s reply fell far short of the expectations of the MPs, as he choose to repeat whatever he had said in Lok Sabha yesterday. Questions over vital issues pertaining to the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh were left unanswered.

Jaitley urged the Centre to fenced the unfenced 670-odd Km and start the detection process.

Earlier, Jaitley, who came armed with facts and figures, questioned the Congress changing stand on the problem of illegal migrants. The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee in its 1945 Election manifesto stated �Unless the province of Assam is organised on the basis of Assamese language and Assamese culture, the survival of the Assamese nationality and culture will become impossible.�

�Notwithstanding this initial conviction of the Congress party led by Gopinath Bordoloi, the party changed its position in post Independent India. Two of its important leaders who both became Union Ministers, advocated an alternative philosophy. This philosophy entailed a huge encouragement to illegal immigration from East Pakistan (later Bangladesh), so that the demographic character of Assam could be altered. This opportunistic policy in the pre-1971 era, ignored the concerns of national security, changes in the demography patterns and the making of serious in-roads into the strategic land link between Assam and the rest of the country,� he said.

The Congress party�s alternative strategy now was to make detection, identification and deportation impossible, if not very difficult, the Opposition Leader said, referring to the IMDT Act.

The Government�s approach has been wholly disappointing. The Government is treating this as a transient law and order problem. All Government�s comments have been in that direction. The Minister has to display a vision. The Congress has to change its policy. It does not have to import illegal immigrants to increase its vote bank. The cost of this is being paid by the people of Assam and India, he said.

This crisis is not a law and order problem. It is not an Assamese problem. It is a direct and inequitable consequence of a structured and conspired demographic invasion of Assam. By merely bringing Army for a few days or organizing relief camps you will not solve the problem. The Government must stop this illegal immigration; the entire border must be fenced; the detection and deportation must begin forthwith, he said.

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