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Protest in Delhi over �immigrant� tag

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Feb 6 � The Assam Students� Association, Delhi today staged demonstration against the BJP, demanding the resignation of all MPs of the saffron party of the North East in protest against the use of the term �immigrants� for the people of North East.

The demonstrators particularly vented their anger against Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for repeatedly calling people from the region �migrants�.

The demonstrations, held at Jantar Mantar, saw the students, mostly studying in

Delhi University, display placards: �North East is an integral part of India�, �No one is

superior and no one is inferior�, �We are all equal�,

�Assam is burning and North East is hurt�.

Former Congress MP, Kirip Chaliha, who came to express his solidarity with the demonstrators, told newsmen, �It cannot be a printing error, because when a national political party calls us immigrants, then it has to be taken seriously as it speaks about their mindset,� he said.

When Nirmala Sitharaman calls us migrants then she has to clarify whether she is a migrant, too. Can she dare to call people of Bihar, West Bengal and other States living in Delhi, migrants,� he asked.

The North East will burn unless BJP changes its mindset, Chaliha said, adding that the BJP has so far did not punish whosoever was guilty for the goof-up.

�Any racial slur is a criminal offence,� an agitated Chaliha said.

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