New Delhi, May 6 UNI | 3 months ago

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley today accused a section of Congress leadership in Assam of following the policy of encouraging infiltration by Bangladeshis which has changed the demographic character of Assam, West Bengal and some districts of Bihar.

Slamming the BJP's political opponents for accusing the BJP of benefiting from polarisation, Mr Jaitley in an article said, 'Election times are opportunities for raising issues of governance.

'However, there are many who see virtues in polarisation. Regrettably, we in the BJP are accused of benefiting from polarisation even if it is encouraged by political opponents.

'The issue of infiltration of Bangladeshis into the Indian territory is one such case,' Mr Jaitley said.

A section of the Congress leadership in Assam had consciously followed the policy of encouraging infiltration since they wanted to offset the domination of the ethnic Assamese in Assam, the senior BJP leader said. 'Mass infiltration of Bangladeshis has changed the demographic character of Assam, West Bengal and some districts of Bihar. Any patriotic Indian could be seriously concerned with this Infiltration,' Mr Jaitley said.

It is pressure of economic resources. It is a pressure on land. It impacts national security, Mr Jaitley said.

The fact that every district in Assam adjacent to the chicken's neck have witnessed a significant demographic change on account of the infiltration is a serious security concern, the senior BJP leader said.

It is not only the BJP's stand that infiltration must be stopped and the infiltrators must be sent back. The Supreme Court described it as a silent invasion of India, Mr Jaitley said. It struck down the regulations which place the onus on the government rather than the infiltrator on issues of identification of citizenship. The root cause of social tension in several parts of North-east is infiltration. Some political parties in Assam and West Bengal have regrettably made infiltration into a secular cause because infiltrators are their vote bank, the senior BJP leader said.

'BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's stance against infiltrators is justified and legitimate. 'We must also understand the difference between an infiltrator and a refugee,' Mr Jaitley added.

'A refugee is a person who on account of his religious beliefs or political views is persecuted. An infiltrator gate crashes only for economic opportunities. 'To place them at par would be naive. ' I have a lurking suspicion for critics of this stand understand the distinction but compulsions of vote bank won't make them agree to this view,' he added.

(Posted on 07-05-2014)