Congress didn’t have courage to identify illegal migrants: Amit Shah

The BJP president sought to know whether the Congress wanted to protect the “illegal Bangldeshis” in the eastern State.

BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday hit out at the former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments, saying the Congress did not have the courage to identify illegal migrants in Assam, an exercise that was to be conducted as part of the accord signed by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.

He sought to know whether the Congress wanted to protect the “illegal Bangldeshis” in the eastern State.

Participating in a discussion on the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam in the Rajya Sabha, Mr. Shah pointed out that the exercise was conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

The Rajya Sabha had taken up the discussion the issue by doing away with the Question Hour, but the debate was disrupted due to vociferous protests by the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress and some other parties, resulting in Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu adjourning the House for the day.

He noted that the NRC was the spirit of the 1985 Assam Accord, which sought to identify illegal migrants into Assam and prepare a list of Indian citizens.

Mr. Shah said Rajiv Gandhi had signed the accord on August 14, 1985 after the movement in the State went out of control leading to the death of some protesters.

“This was the Congress PM’s initiative. He [Rajiv Gandhi] did not have the courage. We have courage and we are doing it,” he informed the House.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh was present in the House but could not reply due to the noisy protests by the Opposition.

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