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Congress, Left appeasing Bangladeshis, says Sangma

Congress, Left appeasing Bangladeshis, says Sangma

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: August 6, 2008

Supporting the BJP's stand on the migration of Bangladeshis to the country, NCP General Secretary PA Sangma has accused the Congress and the Left of appeasing the illegal migrants.

Apprehending there would be influx of refugees to the tune of 15 million from the neighbouring country in the near future, Sangma lauded the saffron party's stand on the issue.

"The Congress and the CPI(M) are appeasing the illegal migrants, everyone knows it. Both parties are concerned about losing their vote banks and are silent on the issue. BJP is a better party in this respect," Sangma said an interview to a local TV channel last evening.

Even the tribal populace as well as Christians came in support of BJP on the issue, the former Lok Sabha Speaker said.

"None of the Governments in the seven north-eastern States are serious about the issue. All the Governments and the parties of the region should sit together and discuss it before it is too late," the nine-time MP said.

Describing reports about a Pakistani national contesting Assembly polls in Assam as 'ominous portent', he said: "The Assam Accord failed to solve the issue. The State has spent over Rs 400 crore in 20 years in the name of detection and deportation of Bangladeshis, yet the exercise was a mere farce.

"The situation in West Bengal is similar to that of the NE, yet the Left Gront Government has been silent fearing erosion of its block votes," he alleged.

Sangma said Indian citizens should be identified first and issued citizenship certificates. "Those who don't have it, should be deported," he suggested.

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