Accusing the Congress of playing "vote bank politics", BJP president Nitin Gadkari today 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 here to mark the 50th anniversary of India-China war this 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
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.
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Political leaders cut across party lines on Friday to condemn the gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP N Harikrishna has resigned from the Rajya Sabha to protest against the formation of Telangana.
An all-out factional war has broken out between Harshvardhan and Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, with both vying for the Chief Minister's post if the party comes to power.
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Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday said the platform alone cannot help win elections but gives new options of reaching out to public.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said the Centre was neither concerned about the economy nor the falling rupee but only worried about saving its chair.