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After BJP called Cong communal, Ripun Bora calls BJP ‘anti-national’

After BJP called Cong communal, Ripun Bora calls BJP ‘anti-national’

Congress accuses BJP govt of stalling NRC appeallate process to deport foreigners

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After BJP called Cong communal, Ripun Bora calls BJP ‘anti-national’ After BJP called Cong communal, Ripun Bora calls BJP ‘anti-national’

GUWAHATI: A day after Union home minister Amit Shah called the Congress communal for its alliance with Muslim League in Kerala and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in Assam, the state unit of Congress today called the BJP “anti-national” for its alliance with the People democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir government.

“The Indian Constitution or the Election Commission of India has never termed the Muslim League or AIUDF as communal. But, the entire nation is aware that PDP is anti-national. They disapproved of the Tricolour and wanted a separate flag. When Pakistan-backed terrorists attack the Parliament, PDP branded those killed as martyrs. PDP called Afzal Guru a martyr. And the BJP has been allied with the same PDP in J&K. What do we call BJP, then?” state Congress chief Ripun Bora asked today.

“At the same time, Amit Shah might not be aware that the BJP has been running zilla parishads in Darrang, Karimganj and Nagaon districts of Assam in alliance with the AIUDF. He should be aware of these things before speaking,” Bora added.

He also accused the BJP government of abetting infiltration with the help of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019. “The BJP has completely diluted the Assam Accord. The CAA has facilitated awarding citizenship to many who migrated to Assam till 2014. Under the circumstances, how can the BJP that enacted such a law, protect Assam from infiltration?” he asked.

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Reminding Shah’s announcement at the Parliament that the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) has detected 40 lakh illegal migrants in Assam and the BJP government would deport them all, Bora said only 51 foreigners have been deported from India since 2017.

“The BJP claims it can solve influx menace. But the statistics the home minister presented in the Parliament say, the BJP government had deported 1822 foreigners between 2014 and 17, while the UPA government had deported 82,728 foreigners from 2005 to 13. In Assam, 5234 foreigners were deported by the Tarun Gogoi government between 2013 and 17, while the incumbent government claims to have deported only 51 since 2017,” Bora said.

He also took a dig at the Union home ministry’s attitude towards the NRC. “Forget about deportation of 40 lakh migrants. Some 19 lakh people were left out of the final NRC. The Supreme Court had provided for a further step of ascertaining the nationality of those left out through appellate trial at foreigners tribunals. But, the BJP government has stalled the entire process and none among the 19 lakh has been deported yet.

“So, this is yet another instance of BJP taking the people of Assam for a ride,” Bora said.