"The northeastern states are an integral part of India. Those people from northeastern states staying in Delhi are also citizens of India," he told reporters.

Sarkar, a leader of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, said, "Why should people from northeastern states residing in Delhi be treated as immigrants? This is an absolutely wrong notion."

A 24-page Vision Document released Tuesday by the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of Saturday's Delhi elections pledged to protect "immigrants" from the northeast living in the capital.

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