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Amit Shah: Bangladeshi immigrants are termites

  • Published at 08:37 pm September 23rd, 2018
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File photo of Amit Shah, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) greets supporters in Chennai on July 9, 2018 AFP

Shah was speaking at a public meeting in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah said on Saturday that Bangladeshi immigrants are like termites and each of them will be struck off the electoral roll, Press Trust India (PTI) reported.

Referring to the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) recently published in Assam, Shah said “the BJP government has prima facie identified nearly 4 million illegal immigrants.”

“The BJP government will pick out each and every infiltrator,” he said.

Shah was speaking at a public meeting in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka.

The controversial registry includes only those able to show they were in Assam before 1971, when millions fled to the state to escape Bangladesh's war of independence, and their descendants.

However, many whose families arrived before 1971 say authorities have rejected their papers and left them off the list.

Critics say it is the latest move by the right-wing government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bolster India's Hindu majority at the expense of minorities. India will hold a national election next year.