‘Illegal migrants are taking away jobs in India,’ says Amit Shah

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Illegal migrants are taking away jobs in India,' says Amit Shah

New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday said ‘illegal infiltrators’ took away jobs of youths in the country and alleged that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other opposition parties had opposed the NRC when 40 lakh such settlers were identified under the exercise.

Addressing a convention of BJP workers at Polo Ground in Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri, Shah said the BJP governments would “drive each and every infiltrator out of the country” after winning elections in 2018 and 2019.

Taking a dig at Gandhi, Shah said he should ‘stop daydreaming’ about the Congress coming to power after elections.

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Referring to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam, he said the BJP government would drive each of the 40 lakh “illegal infiltrators” out of the country as the party stands for national security and rights of Indians.

“When the NRC identified 40 lakh illegal migrants in Assam, Rahul baba and parties like the SP (Samajwadi Party), BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) and Trinmool Congress (TMC) raised a hue and cry and opposed the exercise,” Shah said.

He said the youths of the country lost their jobs to the illegal immigrants.

“These migrants took away the jobs of our youths. They (opposition parties) lacked concern for our youths and for the hunger of the people of this country. We will drive each infiltrator out after winning elections in 2018 and 2019,” he said.

Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in the next two months in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram.

While first three of the above states are currently ruled by the BJP, the Congress is in power in the northeastern state. Telangana was ruled by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) before chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao dissolved the assembly. Lok Sabha elections are slated to be held next year.

“Rahul Baba should stop daydreaming. The Congress’ condition is that it would (soon) be difficult to find them even with the help of binoculars,” Shah said.

He said the Congress lacked any issues with which it could go to the people seeking votes in the Madhya Pradesh polls.

“How can the Congress succeed in winning polls in Madhya Pradesh? Will you seek votes from people with the help of a ‘raja’ (former chief minister Digvijaya Singh who is an erstwhile royal), a ‘maharaja’ (former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia who is a royal descendant) and an industrialist (state Congress chief Kamal Nath) who have never seen poverty?” he questioned.

Shah said Madhya Pradesh became a BIMARU state in the rule of the then chief minister Digvijaya Singh, whereas Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan pulled the state out of poverty and turned it into a developed state.

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