Mumbai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday lauded the BJP-led Assam government for strictly tackling illegal migration and alleged that the West Bengal government was not cooperating with the Center in tackling the problem.
Addressing a public rally to mark the first anniversary of the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led NDA government in Assam, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to ending the problem of infiltration but claimed ‘Bengal is not cooperating with the centre’.
Assam, on the other hand, stands completely behind the Center and is fighting the problem vigorously, resulting in a significant reduction in illegal infiltration.
The Home Minister said that he had visited the Indo-Bangladesh border in Mankachar in Assam and ‘the data reveals that during the last six years, infiltration has declined considerably and we hope to completely end it soon.
Referring to the first large-scale cattle smuggling into Bangladesh through Assam, Shah said Sarma’s government has ensured that all doors are closed for cattle smugglers in the state.
Allegations of illegal migration are an important part of the political narrative in this border state, where the issue led to a prolonged agitation in the 1980s that led to the Assam Accord, which recognized the right to vote for ‘foreigners’ and wants to provide. tries to give. was promised.
Since then, the issue has been taken up by the NDA which has promised to bring a National Register for Citizens which would exclude illegal migrants.