Congress didn’t have courage to identify illegal migrants, we are doing it: Amit Shah


New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday attacked the Congress for not having the courage to identify illegal migrants in Assam, an exercise which was to be conducted in 1985 as part of the accord signed by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Mr. Shah said the exercise was conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court during a discussion on the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam in the Rajya Sabha.

“This was the Congress PM’s initiative. He (Rajiv Gandhi) did not have the courage. We have courage and we are doing it,” he informed the House.

The BJP chief asked whether the Congress wanted to protect the “illegal Bangldeshis” in the eastern State.

He noted that the NRC was implemented following the 1985 Assam Accord which sought to identify illegal migrants into Assam and prepare a list of Indian citizens.

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had signed the Assam Accord on August 14, 1985 after the movement in the State went out of control leading to death of some protesters, he informed the house.

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