While the topic of the detention centres to house immigrants have been widely debated in the country, the war of words have escalated between the incumbent BJP and Congress accusing one another of “spreading lies”.
Former Chief Minister of Assam and veteran Congress leader Tarun Gogoi in a recent interview with the Republic TV said that detention centres were first built in Assam under High Court’s orders way back in 2009 to detain “declared foreigners”.
“The intention was to keep them separately, once they are declared as foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunal and Bangladesh also did not accept them. And if they are not accepted where will we keep them? So we did it under the instructions of the High Court in 2009. Now the Bangladesh foreigner minister wants the genuine list and says that they will accept them but during our tenure, they did not accept them.” Gogoi said.
He also added that the BJP government too allocated huge funds to construct a bigger detention centre in Goalpara which can house 3000 inmates.
‘No need for detention centres’
The Congress leader stressed that at present there is no need for detention centres as the Bangladesh government has agreed to accept the genuine immigrants.
‘BJP Govt is diverting attention with confused statements’
Hitting on the BJP over the consecutive debate over the detention centres, pan-India NRC, NPR, Gogoi said, “I doubt the intention of the government, they just want to divert the attention of the people from their failures which include slow down of economy, rural economy is in bad shape, there is price rise, corruption. The government itself is in a confused state of mind. They don’t know where to move, they are riding on a tiger and now finding it difficult on how to get rid of it,” he added.
It may be mentioned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 22nd, 2019 said that there are no detention centres in the country and accused the Congress and its allies of ‘spreading lies’ over the National Register of Citizens(NRC) and the newly enacted Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA).
Reacting to Modi’s statements Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to his official Twitter handle and called out the Prime Minister a ‘liar’. “The Prime Minister of the RSS lies to Mother India,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, along with an edited clip of PM Modi’s speech at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. The Congress MP also added the hashtag #JhootJhootJhoot (Lies, Lies, Lies).
Meanwhile, hitting out at Gandhi, BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya on December 26th, 2019 slammed Gandhi for spreading lies about detention centres in India. Patra shared a press release issued by the UPA government in 2011 claiming to have sent 362 illegal migrants to ‘detention camps’ in Assam.
“Just because India has rejected you repeatedly, are you hell-bent on destroying it with your politics of hate and fear-mongering?” he wrote on his Twitter.
Cover Photo Credit: @TarunGogoi(L), @NarendraModi(R)