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BJP, AGP playing politics over Assam violence: Tarun Gogoi

PTI 23 Sep 2012, 11:43:32 AM IST
Guwahati, Aug 11: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today charged the BJP and AGP with “playing politics” over the recent violence in Assam and said his government had done its best to prevent illegal immigration from Bangladesh.

“They (AGP and BJP) are only playing politics. They have no interest in deporting foreigners. What did they do when they were in power?” Gogoi told reporters here.

“AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta was twice the Chief Minister. What did he do?” he added.

Gogoi said the Congress government had intensified border patrolling besides strengthening riverine policing and floodlighting the Indo-Bangladesh border.

“No other government had taken as much effort as I have to stop infiltration. I have even constituted thana committees for detection and deportation of illegal immigrants. But nobody comes forward to identify foreigners,” he said.

Regarding the charge made by BJP leader L K Advani over inaction in updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC), Gogoi said: “It is my government who initiated measures to update the NRC. When Advaniji was Union Home Minister, he never spoke on the issue.”

Gogoi reiterated there were no illegal infiltrators in the camps for displaced persons of the ethnic violence.

“If there are any foreigners, they (AGP and BJP) should prove it. The statement made by them are false,” he said.