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Jul 31, 2012 at 12:38pm IST

Illegal immigration behind Assam violence: LK Advani

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday said that the root cause of the violence in Assam was illegal immigration from Bangladesh and exhorted the Centre to take a strong view of the problem.

"The root cause of the violence in Assam is illegal immigration from Bangladesh. The Supreme Court too has taken a serious note of this," he said.

"This is due to three problems combined together. The land insecurity, ethnic Bodo people's feeling of insecurity and the demographic change that is taking place in the whole of Assam. The people of Assam are feeling that they will be left in minority in their state. This is a serious threat to the unity, integrity and the security of India," he added.

"The government should honour the SC's directive on illegal migrants and detect and deport them," he continued.

He further said that the problem must not be seen as a Hindu vs Muslim problem, but as an Indian vs foreigner problem.

"The government must try to create a national consensus. Political parties must be made a part of it. Let this problem not be viewed as a Hindu vs Muslim problem. It should be viewed as an Indian vs foreigner problem and an updated register of national citizens of India should be created. The non-Indians should be deleted from the voters list."

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