BJP leader's claim on B'desh land evoke reaction in Assam

BJP leader’s claim on B’desh land evoke reaction in Assam


BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s bizarre demand that Bangladesh should compensate India with land for the alleged influx of its citizens to Indian state of Assam has evoked sharp reactions in the state.
As expected, Congress and minority leaders in the state have strongly reacted to such “irresponsible” remark of the BJP leader, who is known for making controversial statements.
“If Bangladesh does not agree to take back its people, then the country should compensate by giving land to India,” Swamy told a press conference at Guwahati in Assam on Friday.“I am extremely distressed by the extent of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh. According to my estimate, one-third of Bangladesh’s population lives in India,” Swamy went on to claim.
A senior Congress leader in Assam Bhagirat Karan told over phone from Guwahati that Swami has “highly exaggerated” the numbers.
“It seems Swami is trying to dub all the Bengali speaking population of Assam as Bangladeshi. Every time before election BJP rakes up this issue just to polarise voters as part of its divisive politics,” he said.
Swami, however, claimed that his views on infiltration and land compensation were his own and not his party’s.
The BJP leader claimed that India’s secularism would be threatened if infiltration of “a particular religion” remained unabated. “We have to be very careful, otherwise our secularism will be threatened.”
The controversial BJP leader accused the Congress of dividing Hindus on caste lines. “Caste is outdated in modern times and so we are uniting the Hindus. Also there are Shias, Ahmediyas, Bohras and Sufis within Muslims who are moving towards BJP. We want all patriotic Indians to join BJP,” he said.
A senior leader of the All India United Democratic Front (AIDF) Sherman Ali Ahmed demanded apology from Swamy and his party BJP for the comment.
“This is an irresponsible remark of a maverick. If he has any evidence of the presence of Bangladeshis in Assam, he should submit that to the government or lodge an official complaint with police instead of making such a bizarre claim,” Sherman Ali said.
Assam BJP, as expected, is maintaining a stoic silence on the issue, stating that Swami has already stated that it was his personal observation. –


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