Mon, Apr 21 03:18 AM
Bijoya Chakravarty, a former Union minister and senior BJP leader from Assam who has been appointed national vice-president of the party, fears that infiltration from Bangladesh into the region will increase in the coming years.
"With the Congress-led governments, both at the Centre and in the state, not inclined towards completion of the barbed-wire fence along the Indo-Bangla border, we foresee more influx from the neighbouring country in view of the severe food crisis looming large over Bangladesh," Chakravarty, a firebrand leader who had represented the Guwahati Lok Sabha constituency in 1988-2004, said here on Sunday.
She also accused the UPA Government of failing to gauge the gravity of the "impending situation" and said while the border continued to remain open and porous, human migration from Bangladesh is increasing in the northeastern states.
"The Congress and its allies are dependent on the Bangladeshi vote," alleged Chakravarty. The BJP leader said the party would soon launch an awareness campaign in the Northeast to alert people regarding the dangers of food crisis in Bangladesh that might trigger more migration from that country to the Northeast.
"The internal security in the region, particularly in Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, is in great danger due to myopic policy adopted by the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre," she said. On the ethnic conflicts in Assam, she added, "It is because of the wrong policy adopted by the Congress that the Bodos are fighting among themselves and the Dimasas of
North Cachar Hill district are being divided into different warring groups, while Karbis are being incited against the Dimasas."