Hindus from Bangla are welcome: Gadkari

Silchar: BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said Hindus who faced religious persecution in Bangladesh were welcome anytime to the country and should be given citizenship status here.

Addressing two largely attended election rallies at Patharkandi and Ramkrishnanagar in South Assam`s Barak valley that goes to the Assembly hustings on April 4, Gadkari said the BJP was firm on its stand that the Hindus from Bangladesh should be accepted even if they came after the cut off year of 1971.

"However, there was no question of giving citizenship to indigenous Muslims residing in the state for long and then those who have come after 1971 shall have to leave the country," Gadkari said in the minority-dominated areas near the Indo-Bangla border.

Launching a scathing attack on the ruling Congress both in the Centre and state, the BJP president said that corruption had become the rule of the day.

"The Congress was against any probe into all the corruption cases which will reveal their role", he alleged.

"Corruption will be the main election plank for BJP and we will be seeking mandate with a promise to provide good governance if voted to power", Gadkari said.