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BJP will seal borders if elected to power: Gadkari

October 18, 2012 13:43 IST

Accusing the Congress of playing "vote bank politics", Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said his party would take steps to seal the country's international borders to prevent illegal immigration, if elected to power.

"If BJP comes to power, our top priority would be to seal the borders of the country... If Israel, surrounded by hostile countries, can seal its borders, why can't we," Gadkari said.

Flagging off a rally in Guwahati to mark the 50th anniversary of India-China war on Thursday morning, the BJP leader called upon India's leaders to learn from the experience of Israel in keeping hostile elements at bay.

Taking a dig at the Congress, he said, "To visit any country, one needs a visa, one needs to submit a number of documents. But here our country has totally opened up its borders and told (illegal immigrants) 'come and enter our country, buy land, buy property'."

Gadkari said, "Even if you raise slogans against India, you need not worry because everything will be facilitated. Just keep in mind to vote for the Congress."

Accusing the Congress party of being responsible for the current state of affairs, Gadkari said illegal immigration pose a threat to sovereignty.

"Our borders are still insecure. That is why we need to learn from shortcomings of the 1962 war and ensure that such mistakes are not repeated," he said.

He alleged that Congress leaders in Assam, from Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed to Tarun Gogoi, have all encouraged illegal immigrants.

Gadkari said that while India and China can work together for peace and prosperity at the global and regional level, the country cannot ignore threats where they are present.

He cited reports of China's involvement in building infrastructure in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

"Yet when we talk of defending our country, we are called communal... Has vote bank politics made us so indulgent that we have even stopped thinking about our country's national security?" Gadkari argued.

The BJP president said that the recent problems in Assam were not the result of any communal discord, but a struggle between Indians and foreigners.

The BJP, he declared, was determined to change the general state of the country in which the economy suffered from problems of unemployment, farmers' suicides and other issues.

He also said that the BJP wants FDI for economic development.

The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha on Thursday called for making public the Henderson Brooks report, which had probed the causes of India's defeat in the 1962 war with China.

"The country wants to know what the shortcomings of the 1962 war were. The people have a right to know the findings of the Henderson Brooks report," BJYM national president Anurag Thakur said in Guwahati, while addressing a ceremony to mark the flag-off of a rally commemorating the 50th anniversary of the month-long war.

He said that discussion of the issues involved in the 1962 war will help the country be better prepared for any contingency in future.

Blaming then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for "mistakes" which led to India's humiliation in the war, Thakur said the issue of national security still remains paramount.

"People of the country want to know the challenges facing it and also about the preparations being made to face them," the Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Himachal Pradesh said.

Image: BJP president Nitin Gadkari and BJYM's Anurag Thakur pay their homage at a 1962 war martyrs' memorial in Guwahati on Thursday

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