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GUWAHATI, Sept 21 - The statement made by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal yesterday on the Hindu migrants from Bangladesh entering Indian territory till December 31, 2014 is confusing, said the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) here today.

Both the parties pointed to the fact that a few days back another Union Minister, VK Singh had asserted that those migrants would be Assam�s liability. Singh�s views on the issue were corroborated by State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya on September 19. But yesterday, Sonowal said that such migrants would be distributed among the Indian states.

These statements made it amply clear that there was no clear-cut approach of the BJP towards resolving the issues confronting Assam. It was simply relying on gimmicks to hoodwink the people of Assam, said the APCC.

The APCC also condemned the communal utterances made by Sonowal yesterday, while speaking on the issue of Hindu migrants, etc. Such utterances of the Union Minister were quite contrary to the secular spirit of the Indian Constitution, by which the Minister had taken oath of office, said the APCC.

Moreover, the Union Minister while he was a leader of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and while he was one of the top leaders of the AGP, used to assert time and again that no step to detect and deport the illegal migrants on the basis of their religious affiliations would be tolerated, said the APCC in its statement.

The AGP demanded that the BJP and the Central government make it clear as to whose statement � VK Singh�s or Sonowal�s � on the issue should be believed. Both the Union Ministers had made such contradictory statements with an eye on the votes of the gullible people. But both of them had gone against the spirit of the historic Assam Accord, said the regional party.

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GUWAHATI, Sept 21 - The statement made by Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal yesterday on the Hindu migrants from Bangladesh entering Indian territory till December 31, 2014 is confusing, said the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) here today.

Both the parties pointed to the fact that a few days back another Union Minister, VK Singh had asserted that those migrants would be Assam�s liability. Singh�s views on the issue were corroborated by State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Siddhartha Bhattacharyya on September 19. But yesterday, Sonowal said that such migrants would be distributed among the Indian states.

These statements made it amply clear that there was no clear-cut approach of the BJP towards resolving the issues confronting Assam. It was simply relying on gimmicks to hoodwink the people of Assam, said the APCC.

The APCC also condemned the communal utterances made by Sonowal yesterday, while speaking on the issue of Hindu migrants, etc. Such utterances of the Union Minister were quite contrary to the secular spirit of the Indian Constitution, by which the Minister had taken oath of office, said the APCC.

Moreover, the Union Minister while he was a leader of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and while he was one of the top leaders of the AGP, used to assert time and again that no step to detect and deport the illegal migrants on the basis of their religious affiliations would be tolerated, said the APCC in its statement.

The AGP demanded that the BJP and the Central government make it clear as to whose statement � VK Singh�s or Sonowal�s � on the issue should be believed. Both the Union Ministers had made such contradictory statements with an eye on the votes of the gullible people. But both of them had gone against the spirit of the historic Assam Accord, said the regional party.

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