A India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Hojai, a district in the Indian state of Assam, Shiladitya Dev courted controversy yet again, calling the creation of Bangladesh a "great mistake" because of which Assam has been facing "Muslim influx" for decades and suggesting that India should have annexed the country after the 1971 liberation war, Times of India reported.
“Even as the erstwhile East Pakistan was liberated, a mistake committed by Indira Gandhi (then prime minister) and the then Congress government was not merging the newly-created Bangladesh with India. In fact, creation of Bangladesh was itself a great mistake. But that mistake could have been offset had Bangladesh been made a part of India," Dev told a local news channel in Assam on Monday.
When contacted by Times of India, Dev stood by his statements. Attributing the "change" in the state's demographic profile to the "migration" of Muslims from the neighbouring country, Dev said such a situation would not have arisen had Bangladesh never been created.
On January 3, a Muslim organisation in Assam lodged a report against Shiladitya Dev for saying the first draft of the state’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) contains the names of many illegal migrants from Bangladesh.