Assam government serious about identifying illegal immigrants, says BJP MLA Siddhartha Bhattacharya

BJP MLA from Gauhati East Siddhartha Bhattacharya said a government, for the first time, is serious about identifying foreign nationals who entered Assam surreptitiously.

BJP leader in Assam Siddhartha Bhattacharya said the state government is serious about identifying illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

MLA from Guahati East Siddhartha Bhattacharya said this while replying to a question on whether the government is acting on the Prime Minister's poll promise of evicting illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

The BJP MLA said, "Once the BJP came to power in New Delhi, we have 40-odd tribunals to identify foreign nationals".

On whether the Assam government is being discriminatory in its approach to identify such illegal migrants, Siddhartha Bhattacharya did not give a direct answer.

Instead, the BJP MLA said, post-Independence two groups of people have come to India, one for "economic betterment", while the other group was "compelled to come to India because they faced persecution in their country".

Siddhartha Bhattacharya said the government believes in Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, and Muslims are included in it. On asked about the government's notification on state-run schools to remain open on Fridays, the BJP MLA said why should a particular section of people have it otherwise.

The state government notification essentially meant that state-run madrassas will have to remain open on Fridays, and observe holiday on Sunday.

Siddhartha Bhattacharya said the BJP's stance is pro-merit and is not dictated by any religion.