Amit Shah targets Rahul over illegal migrants issue

BJP President Amit Shah with other senior leaders being garlanded during the Purvanchal Mahakumbh, at Ramleela Maidan in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday while addressing a rally in national capital referred Bangladeshi illegal migrants as "termites" eating up Indians' food and jobs as he picked up Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his AAP counterpart Arvind Kejriwal as targets for questioning the BJP government.

Shah also questioned their support for the activists arrested on suspicion of having links with Maoists and ridiculed the Grand Alliance plans of the Opposition against BJP in the next year's Lok Sabha elections.

At the 'Poorvanchal Mahakumb' organised by Delhi BJP at Ramlila Maidan, Shah exuded confidence that BJP will retain all the seven Lok Sabha seats decimating the Congress and AAP. The BJP organised the rally to woo Poorvanchalis, who hails from eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and are a sizeable section in the capital.

Strongly indicating the BJP line of campaign in the coming days, Shah repeated what he said in Rajasthan's Kota on Saturday when he touched upon the issue of Bangladeshi illiterates. "Tell me, should not we throw out those infiltrators in Delhi? Are they trouble or not? There are crores of infiltrators in this country. Like termites, they are here," Shah said.

Referring to the Assam National Register of Citizens exercise, he said it was found that there are 40 lakh illegal migrants prima facie and they will be thrown out from the electoral rolls after due process where they are given a chance to prove their citizenship.

"If their names are struck down, should a patriot feel bad? Rahul baba and company, Congress and other parties created a furore in Rajya Sabha. They asked where will they go, what will they eat, what will they eat, they have human rights and all," he said.

"I want to ask you. Infiltrators infiltrate into the country and create trouble for national security, carry out bomb blasts, kill innocent citizens, is that okay? Do we need to protect their human rights? They are snatching away your jobs, food the poor citizens are entitled to. We want Rahul Gandhi and Kejriwal to make their stand clear," he said.

Defending the arrests of activists, he said, “the place for anti-nationals is behind the bars.” Shah claimed that the activists were arrested for helping to plot the killing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a plan to buy weapons.

He also sought to ridicule the Opposition unity saying they do not have a leader or ideology or policy. 

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