The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which aspires to dislodge the Congress from power in the ensuing assembly elections in Assam, on Monday launched a no-holds-barred attack on the Tarun Gogoi government accusing it of helping the illegal migrants from Bangladesh to settle in the state for the sake of votes.BJP president Amit shah, who was on a day-long visits to the state, claimed that if the BJP is voted to power in Assam it would stop illegal infiltration. Significantly, Shah raked up the illegal migration issue at Kokrajhar, the headquarters of the Bodoland region which has seen fierce ethnic riots between the indigenous Bodo tribals and the Muslim settlers in Nagaon. Nagaon is considered to be the stronghold of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), the main opposition in the Assam legislative assembly. AIUDF is often branded as a party close to the alleged illegal migrants.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In Assam, the Assamese people are losing their land to the encroachment of illegal Bangladeshis. For 15 years, there has only been corruption in Assam… Women are not safe in the state. And a state where women are not safe, cannot progress.”Shah alleged that Gogoi has only cared for himself and his family. “Even today, one crore people live below the poverty line in Assam. Thirty-six per cent of the population has no access to electricity. The number of unemployed stands at 23 lakh,” he said.On the core issue of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Shah said, “Congress is only busy helping illegal Bangladehis. If we are voted to power, we will protect you. Give us a chance.””The BJP is determined not to let the illegal immigrants infringe upon the rights of the people in Assam and the Bodoland region. Illegal infiltration started in Assam after the Congress resorted to vote bank politics, the Congress has safeguarded them. The infiltrators from Bangladesh have spread across the state. They have infringed upon the rights of local youths, the local people from tea gardens or Hindi-speaking community or Bodos, everyone is under threat,” Shah said during his speech at a massive rally organised in Kokrajhar, the headquarters of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).The Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), which had formed a pre-poll alliance with the saffron party organised a massive celebrations for 13th anniversary of the signing of the Bodoland accord in 2003 during the regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The accord led to the formation of the BTC.”The Bodoland accord has been very successful. The BPF is taking the region towards development. The BJP-BPF alliance is historic for Assam. The BPF had asked Centre for a Rs 1,000 crore package for development of BTC region. I can assure you the Centre will give more then Rs 1,000 crore. The idea is to give equal developmental opportunity for the people of Bodoland and develop the region at the same pace like Gujarat,” Shah added.


Vote for us, we will stop illegal immigration: Amit Shah