SILCHAR, Nov 7 - Unlike the �divisive politics� of the BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, the Congress believes in �inclusive politics� by staying with the people, Congress MP in Rajya Sabha and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said here on Thursday.
The BJP spreads hatred and conflict, while the need of the hour is to bind the people of the country with feelings of brotherhood and coexistence, he said.
Interacting with the media after meeting inmates at the detention centre inside the Central Jail Silchar on Thursday, Ramesh, who is leading the AICC committee during its ongoing visit to the North East, said, �We learnt that inside the detention centre here, 48 persons claim to be Indians, 17 are Bangladeshi nationals who wish to go back to their country and six are Myanmar nationals. There is also a woman from Karimganj who has spent 10 years inside the detention centre with her nine-year-old daughter. But the law says people who have completed three years of their term can avail bail against surety bond amount to the tune of Rs 2 lakh. The Congress party shall sit and discuss ways to provide them relief.�
It may be mentioned here that the diplomatic move for the repatriation process between India and Bangladesh began in 2016.
Ramesh said the visit was as per the directions of All India Congress Committee interim president Sonia Gandhi, who had asked the delegation to visit the North East and take stock about the ground realities on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
�We visited the detention camps and shall discuss with the APCC leadership including Ripun Bora, the state Congress president, who was with us today, former local MP Sushmita Dev and also try and talk to the local MLA on how to provide relief to those detainees who have completed three years inside the centre as per law,� Ramesh said.
All Indian Mahila Congress Committee chief and former Silchar MP Sushmita Dev thanked Sonia Gandhi and Ripun Bora for facilitating the team�s visit.