Guwahati: In one of the most significant statements of the day, top Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani termed 'intrusion of Bangladeshis' responsible for the Assam communal violence that killed more than 50 people and left millions homeless.
The Senior leader said on Tuesday that the immigration of people from Bangladesh into Assam for the communal violence in the state was responsible for the loss of lives that the country suffers.
Advani, who is touring the state, said at a press conference that there was a "criminal delay" by the government in handling the crisis.
The over week-long violence between the Bodos and the Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers from July 19 left 56 dead and lakhs homeless.
"As a result of the infiltration in collusion of state government and government of India, people of Assam are feeling that they are losing control over their own land while illegal Bangladeshis have embarked upon large-scale land grab," Advani said.
"The second is ethnic problem. The Bodos face the threat of marginalisation in their own land," he said.
"The third problem is the demographic change taking place in Assam," he said.