GUWAHATI, Sept 7 - The Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha has lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his reported statement at the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) conference held in Kathmandu that illegal migrants of Bangladeshi origin settling in India would not be repatriated. Modi had made the statement while confabulating with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina.
The Mahasangha in a statement said Modi has no right to make such a statement. For his being the Prime Minister of the country, he cannot enjoy the right to obliterate the indigenous peoples of Assam by allowing illegal Bangladeshi migrants to settle in Assam permanently, the Mahasangha said.
It warned that any attempt by the Centre to grant the right of permanent settlement to illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Assam would provoke the indigenous peoples of the State to take recourse to a struggle to liberate themselves from the dominance of the Indian rulers.