Cong blames APHLC for influx of Hindus from B'desh

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Shillong, Oct 1 (UNI) The Opposition Congress party in Meghalaya today blamed the erstwhile All Party Hill Leaders' Conference (APHLC) government for the influx of Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh.

The Congress statement came after BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani charged the Congress for the influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

''Most of the immigrants from erstwhile Pakistan (now Bangladesh) were Hindus, who have been rehabilitated in the state, should these unfortunate people be flushed out?'' Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Friday Lyngdoh asked.

Cautioning the minorities groups not to take Mr Advani's security assurance at face value, Mr Lyngdoh said the cause of terrorism in the country was mainly due to the BJP's policy to annihilate the minorities groups.

''The demolition of Babri Masjid and burning of places of worship and persecution of the people of minority community in Orissa, Karnataka and Chennai have been because of the instigation of BJP leaders like Mr Advani,'' he alleged.

The former Urban Affairs Minister also appealed to the people of the state not to fall to the trap of Mr Advani's assurance that the minorities were safe under the BJP rule.

Mr Lyngdoh claimed that the Congress alone could protect and safeguard the interest of the minority communities.

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