Amit Shah On Infiltration: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday targeted the Mamata government of West Bengal over infiltration. He said that the West Bengal government is not cooperating with the Center in dealing with this problem. On the other hand, the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal termed the Home Minister’s claim as a “white lie” and said the task of preventing infiltration rests with the Border Security Force (BSF), which comes under the central government.
Amit Shah took a jibe at Congress’s rule in the Northeast and party leader Rahul Gandhi’s promise to remove AFSPA. Addressing a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Assam, Amit Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was committed to ending the problem of infiltration.
However, he claimed that the “Bengal government is not cooperating with the Center” on the issue. “On the other hand, the Assam government is fully standing with the Center and fighting the problem firmly. This has resulted in a significant reduction in infiltration.
The Home Minister referred to his visit to the India-Bangladesh border at Mankachar in Assam on Monday and said, “All the data shows that there has been a significant reduction in the incidents of infiltration in Assam. After some time this infiltration will stop completely.
Referring to the first large-scale cattle smuggling into Bangladesh via Assam, Shah said that the Assam government has ensured that all the gates of the state are closed for cattle smugglers.
The Union Minister said that the state government’s action against cattle smugglers would continue and during the last one year so far 992 people have been arrested and about ten thousand cattle have been rescued. Shah also claimed that more than 10,700 bighas of land across the state were cleared from encroachers.
He said that before the formation of the BJP government in the state, Assam was a state prone to terrorism, agitation, bomb blasts and firing, but in the six years of the rule of the BJP government, instead of terrorism, agitation and violence, peace, development, better Health and education have paved the way.
Shah earlier in the day expressed hope that soon the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will be removed from entire Assam, as it has already been partially removed from the state due to better law and order and peace agreements with extremist outfits. Has gone.
The Home Minister said that the central and state governments are working for the rehabilitation of those who have surrendered and returned to the mainstream. He said agreements were signed with all the four factions of NDFB and militant outfits in Karbi Anglong.
Shah honored the state police with the ‘President’s Colour’ in the presence of Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta at an adornment parade ceremony here. The flag bears the map of Assam, 36 stars representing its districts, one-horned rhinoceros and the motto and insignia of the Assam Police.
Assam is the 10th state in the country, which has been awarded the ‘President’s Colour’. It is the highest honor given to any military or police unit for exemplary service to the nation during peace and war. He took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his promise of AFSPA during the Congress rule.
He said, “I want to tell Rahul ‘Baba’ – you said that if Congress comes to power in 2019 elections, AFSPA will be abolished, but your work was only for appeasement. We worked on creating an atmosphere of peace so that AFSPA can be removed.
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