India is not a dharmashala, illegal immigration a threat to national security: Amit Shah

Speaking at an event on Saturday, BJP President Amit Shah explicitly made it clear that only Indians have the first right over country’s resources. He said that India is not a “dharmashala (charitable resting home)” where anyone can infiltrate and settle down. Calling the illegal immigration to be a threat to national security, Shah said that NRC is the only way to solve country’s basic problems.

“NRC should not be seen by connecting it with the BJP only. It is a way to solve the country’s basic problems. How is it possible that anyone can come and settle down here? The country cannot run like this. Those who are its citizens should stay here only and they only have the right to the resources of this country. This country is not a ‘dharamshala’ that anyone can come and settle down here,” Amit Shah said while speaking at the Jagran Forum organised by the Dainik Jagran media group.

Slamming the stance of the opposition parties over NRC, Amit Shah accused them of using illegal infiltrators as ‘vote-bank’ for 70 years, who have now become a threat to the nation. He further said that BJP Government does not shy away from taking tough decisions in national Interest.

He further added that illegal immigrants should be identified first and their names should be deleted from the electoral roll. “The BJP clearly believes that they should be identified and deported. Intruders are also threatening the security of the country”, he said while replying to a question on NRC.

Assam, which faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having a National Register of Citizens (NRC), first prepared in 1951. It is being updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court.

The complete draft of the NRC was published on July 30 and included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total applications of 3.29 crore. Those omitted have been given an opportunity to submit documents afresh to prove their residency.

Meanwhile, at the same event, Shah said the BJP will do well in all five states where polling has concluded and will win Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.