LK Advani blamed illegal immigration for communal violence in Assam.

LK AdvaniGuwahati: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani on Tuesday accused illegal migration of people from Bangladesh into Assam for the communal violence in the state.

Advani said at a press conference that there was a criminal delay by the government in handling the crisis.

The over week-long violence from July 19 between the Bodos and the Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers left 56 dead and lakhs homeless.

Advani said that “Today’s situation arose firstly because of a criminal delay in dealing with the situation when symptoms were already there that something could happen. But as I said, the introspection must lead to identification of the root cause, which is this issue of illegal immigration from Bangladesh.”

Advani added that “As a result of the infiltration in collusion of state government and government of India, people of Assam are feeling that they are losing control over their own land while illegal Bangladeshis have embarked upon large-scale land grab.”

“The second is the ethnic problem. The Bodos face the threat of marginalisation in their own land. The third problem is the demographic change taking place in Assam,” he said.

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