Former Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary on Tuesday dropped a bombshell saying only around 70 lakh Bangladeshis have gone back to their country among around 83 lakh nationals who have come to India by obtaining visa.
Mooshahary said this while speaking at the concluding day of the two day central convention of the Indegenous Forum in Guwahati.
Basing on facts, the former Meghalaya Governor said, “Many people have come to India from Bangladesh for the last 33 years since 1985 by through proper documents either to meet their relatives or for higher studies.”
Mooshahary said as many as 83,37,504 Bangladeshis have come to Assam during this period on various pretexts.
Among those around 83 lakh Bangladeshis during the last 33 years, a total of 70,95,504 have gone back to their native country.
The population that had not gone back have multiplied over the years and have reached an alarming number of 40,00,000 approximately, warned Mooshahary.
Mooshahary further said these Bangladeshi national have already disposed off their Bangladeshi documents and have acquired various documents proving them as Indian citizens.
Notably, the former Meghalaya Governor urged the government and the authorities to link Aadhaar card with the updated NRC.
He further said that link to be again incorporated to the voting machines during elections.
This, Mooshahary asserted, would prevent individuals from taking part in the electoral process if their names are not in the NRC or do not have Aadhaar linking. He further said this process would enable proper identification of foreign nationals.
While highlighting the fact that many households of his native village in Bodo heartland do not have access to electricity or potable water, Mooshahary said, “Not only the present BJP government in the State, but previous successive governments have always neglected the indigenous people of the State.”
He further said even in Guwahati, residents suffer from shortage of potable water, adding, the indigenous people are always deprived because of lack of sincere intension on the part of the government.