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Gogoi unveils Cong agenda
Published on 5 Apr. 2009 1:06 AM IST
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Apparently in a face-saving measure, the Congress in Assam has come out with a 31-point ‘agenda’ to tackle the menace of infiltration that poses a threat to national security and integrity. This was necessitated because, though infiltration is a major problem in the North-East, the national leadership of the Congress did not mention the issue in its election manifesto. External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the issue of infiltration had to be deleted from the party’s election manifesto at the last moment on the advice of AICC president Sonia Gandhi as it was getting too long. Criticising the Congress, the opposition AGP and BJP alleged that the ruling party was never committed to solving this problem owing to vote-bank politics. “Congress needs the votes of Bangladeshis,” they alleged. But Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi claimed that Congress was never oblivious of the problem as evident from the series of measures taken by UPA to curb infiltration. Releasing the agenda here on Friday, he alleged that the Asom Gana Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party were raking up this issue during polls to fan communal passion and create hatred among people. Gogoi said effective measures like border-fencing, reinforcement of border outposts and issuance of multipurpose identity cards would be taken to solve the problem. He said his government would also bring in a legislation to prevent land ownership rights to illegal migrants.

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