GUWAHATI: “It is Congress who is protecting the Bengalis. Congress gives political protection to Bengali people. BJP is doing vote bank politics in the name of Hindu Bengalis,” said Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Ripun Bora.
Attending a party meeting at Tezpur, Bora said that it was Congress who protected the Bengalis from atrocities in Assam during 1960 Language Movement, 1972 Medium of Education Movement and Assam Agitation.
“Congress has made so many Bengali MLAs, MPs and central ministers. We have also elected president of India from Bengali community,” Bora added.
He further said that many Bengalis would be deported from Assam if 1951 is set as the cut off year for the identification of illegal foreigners.
Reacting to the speculations about contesting elections from Tezpur legislative constituency, the Congress leader said, “I am ready to contest from anywhere in Assam. It will be decided by the high command of the party.”