BJP president Amit Shah has said that “everyone across the country” supports the party’s stand on nationalism.
In an interview to an English daily, he dismissed the current debate as something that has arisen out of a “lack of commensurate words in the English language to capture certain concepts.”
He said whoever has started this debate on nationalism will soon realise that not just Assam, but the whole country is with us on this issue.
Shah was in Assam the day after the first phase of elections in a state that has been ruled by the Congress for 15 years.
Talking about the issue of infiltration from Bangladesh, he said the party’s first item in its vision document for Assam, is to seal the India-Bangladesh border to keep out illegal immigrants.
He also alleged that the Congress’ Tarun Gogoi government has left the border open to allow illegal migrants to enter so that they can be used as a vote bank.
Over 78 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first phase of Assam Assembly election held today in 65 Legislative Assembly Constituencies (LACs) — 50 in Brahmaputra Valley and the rest in Barak Valley.
Shah also expressed confidence that large voter turnout in the first phase of polling in Assam pointed to the ouster of Congress from the state.
Buoyed by heavy polling, state BJP chief and party’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal exuded confidence in emerging victorious and form the next government in the state.