“The BJP has firmly believed our north-eastern brothers and sisters are proud citizens of India,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said. “BJP has always walked an extra mile to ensure their protection,” he added.

BJP spokesperson MJ Akbar also clearing BJP stands said, “There was a printing error in our Vision Statement regarding our north east brothers and sisters, we deeply regret this.”

“We want to say that our brothers in north-east are just as important to us as anyone else in Delhi,” he added.

BJP's Vision Document for Delhi Assembly polls on Tuesday stirred up a controversy by referring people from north eastern states in the national capital as "immigrants", after which Congress demanded an apology and removal of the words.

The 24-page document that entails the party's roadmap in taking Delhi forward by making it a world-class city and steps in public welfare includes a section on "north eastern Immigrants to be protected".

The section talks of special cells in all police stations and 24-hour helpline numbers to be set up "for protection of north-eastern migrants".

"Special cells in all police stations and special 24-hour helpline numbers to be set up for the protection of the north- eastern migrants. To safeguard the students of NE origin, special guardianship will be arranged with local families for them," the document said.

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