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'They are Northeastern people not Bangladeshis', says Karnataka Home Minister

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    The people from Northeastern states are being mistaken as Bangladeshis, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy has said.

    Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy

    The BJP has, time and again, claimed that the ruling Congress helped get Bangladeshi immigrants included in the electoral rolls ahead of the Assembly elections.

    "People from the Northeastern states are confused as Bangladeshis," Reddy told reporters.

    "We have special squads to check on illegal immigration. We found only 40-50 illegal Bangladeshi immigrants all over Karnataka and they have been deported."

    He blamed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for failing to secure India's borders. "The Centre should tighten checks on immigrants in Assam and other states."

    Reddy came down heavily on the BJP's charge sheet, in which the saffron party highlighted failures of the ruling Congress on various fronts. "The charge-sheet should be thrown into the dustbin or a paper scrapyard. Or, it should be used to pack pakodas as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said," Reddy quipped. He was referring to Modi's statement that selling pakodas was equal to employment.

    Training his guns at BJP national president Amit Shah, who has been attacking the state government over farmers' suicides, Reddy said the number of farmers' suicides was highest in the BJP-ruled Maharashtra.

    "Shah is shedding crocodile tears over the suicides. Since 2014, as many as 8,651 farmers have ended their lives in Maharashtra and 4,098 in Madhya Pradesh."

    Reddy said 3,781 farmers committed suicide in Karnataka owing to consecutive droughts for four years.

    Reddy mocked the BJP's 'Mushti Dhanya Sangraha Abhiyana', wherein the party is going door-to-door to collect a handful of rice.

    "With what face are they going to farmers' homes? They didn't do anything in the last four years."

    Karnataka Assembly Election dates
    Date of notification April 17
    Last date to file nominations April 24
    Last date to withdraw nominations April 27
    Date of polling May 12
    Date of counting May 15

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