Il­le­gal Im­mi­gra­tion May Top NDA List

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - AK­SHAY DESHMANE

NDA likely to take steps to ad­dress is­sue in As­sam larly, and the kind of div­i­dends it yielded elec­torally, in­di­cate he is go­ing to take it up along with a cou­ple of re­lated is­sues. There will be fre­quent vis­its of min­is­ters to NE states like in the time of Va­j­payee for sure,” said a se­nior party mem­ber. The pend­ing land dis­pute with Bangladesh—which had seen some progress in ne­go­ti­a­tions to­wards the end of UPA 2 rule—is also an im­por­tant is­sue which is cer­tain to fig­ure in the new PM’s list of im­por­tant is­sues, added this party mem­ber. The NDA had won 5 out of 25 seats in 2009, but this time has won 10. Seven of these have come from As­sam alone where the party ap­pears to have breached tra­di­tional congress bas­tions in which it won four seats. With the rul­ing Congress party go­ing through a tu­mul­tuous phase in As­sam, Modi and his po­lit­i­cal strate­gists’ fo­cus is also likely to be on pre­par­ing favourable ground for the party in the build up to the state elec­tions of 2016 and per­haps even the Megha­laya elec­tions of 2017. Hav­ing tasted un­prece­dented elec­toral suc­cess in the North East­ern states, BJP-led NDA govern­ment is likely to ag­gres­sively push some of its pet is­sues, which man­aged to get the al­liance pop­u­lar ap­peal par­tic­u­larly in the state of As­sam. Party mem­bers ac­tively work­ing on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s out­reach ef­forts in the North East say soon-to-be Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will take up poli­cies re­lated to the is­sue of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion from Bangladesh in the near fu­ture and fo­cus on mea­sures to ad­dress it. The mea­sures in­clude, among oth­ers, quick­en­ing the pace and qual­ity of bor­der fenc­ing, set­ting up a Na­tional Reg­is­ter of Cit­i­zens (NRC) and use of metal bul­lets in­stead of rub­ber ones by the paramil­i­taries on the bor­der. “The force­ful man­ner in which Modiji fo­cused on the Bangladeshi im­mi­gra­tion is­sue dur­ing his cam­paign in As­sam par­ticu-

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