"Bangladesh is next to Assam, while Pakistan is next to Gujarat. Assam Bangladeshi se pareshan hai par pura Pakistan mujse pareshan hai. (Assam is harassed by Bangladesh whereas Pakistan is bothered by me)," the Gujarat Chief Minister said at his second rally of the day in the North-East. (Agencies)
"You have to decide whether you will continue to tolerate Bangladeshi harassment or put an end to it. I have come to you for your answer. Trust me and as soon as we come to power we will take immediate steps to redress these problems and ensure that justice prevails," he said.
Modi also said that Hindu migrants from Bangladesh must be accommodated in the country and detention camps would be done away with once the saffron party comes to power.
"As soon as we come to power at the Centre, detention camps housing Hindu migrants from Bangladesh will be done away with," Modi told a public rally at Ramnagar in Silchar.
"We have a responsibility towards Hindus who are harassed and suffer in other countries. Where will they go? India is the only place for them. Our government cannot continue to harass them. We will have to accommodate them here," he said.
Stating that this did not mean that Assam has to bear the entire burden, he said, "It will be unfair on them and they will be settled across the country with facilities to begin a new life."
“Earlier, Hindus from Pakistan had arrived in Gujarat and Rajasthan and Atal Behari Vajpayee during his tenure as prime minister came up with schemes to accommodate them in different states,” Modi said.
Modi alleged that the Assam government as a part of its vote bank politics had violated human rights of Hindu migrants in detention camps.
Speaking on the issue of 'doubtful' voters, Modi said that this is also a part of the Congress' vote bank politics of denying a section of the people their right to vote.
He urged the Election Commission to remove the tag of doubtful voters and give these people the right to vote to ensure free and fair polls.
Modi said that there are two kinds of people who came from Bangladesh to Assam; those brought as a part of a 'political conspiracy' for vote bank politics of a particular party and others who were harassed in the neighbouring country.
He said that those brought for vote bank politics and smuggling from Bangladesh should be pushed back, while the second category must find a place in the country.
He said that Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is having ‘sleepless’ nights because of his visit to the state.
Modi said that the infiltrators have to be sent back as they have not only taken away jobs of locals but have come with political designs in mind.
"Who destroyed Assam? People of Assam are troubled because of such governments who have failed to stop infiltration from Bangladesh. Do you want to live with the trouble created by the infiltrators from Bangladesh or think about the state's future?" he asked.
Turning to tea garden workers, Modi said that if his government comes to power, they would evolve a policy for the welfare of the workers at tea gardens in the state, who are leading a miserable existence.
He also rued the poor condition of tea garden workers and the industry as a whole, saying that over three to four generations of tea workers have been living in the same conditions while successive governments in the state turned a deaf ear to their plight.
"There is also discrimination when it comes to payment of wages to tea garden workers in the Brahmaputra and Barak valley region. Why this discrimination? Is it not being done by Congress? They create all the trouble and we want to get rid of them," he said.
“No Congress leader from the region has bothered about the development of the state or thought of improving the rail network, he further charged. Nor has Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is elected from the state, shown any inclination for achieving the above,” Modi added.
Modi said that his government would do for the state what the Congress government at the Centre has not done in the last 60 years.
“People are reeling under the pressure of price rise, unemployment, lack of education and security concerns,” he said.
Criticizing the Congress, Modi said that the 2014 Lok Sabha polls would mark the beginning of the end of the party.
"After the elections, India will become Congress free and a new road of progress and development will be heralded. The nation has tolerated 60 years of waste and destruction but give me a chance for 60 months and I will translate your dreams and aspirations into reality," he said.
"Bangladesh is next to Assam, while Pakistan is next to Gujarat. Assam Bangladeshi se pareshan hai par pura Pakistan mujse pareshan hai. (Assam is harassed by Bangladesh whereas Pakistan is bothered by me)," the Gujarat Chief Minister said at his second rally of the day in the North-East.