BJP president Nitin Gadkari today alleged that illegal migrants living in Assam and other parts of the country are responsible for the attacks on people from the north east and the recent violence at Mumbai's Azad Maidan.
"The attacks in some parts of the country on people from the North East is unfortunate...These are being perpetrated by illegal migrants living in the country. There is a foreign hand in this. The Centre should deal firmly with such incidents," Gadkari told PTI.
"The problem in Assam is not religious or communal but that of the Indian versus the outsider. Anti-national people are involved in this violence. Similarly, in Mumbai the crowd had waived Pakistani flag and made provocative remarks. They also vandalised the martyrs' memorial," Gadkari said.
He said Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok went to the Bangalore railway station and assured the North East people that there was no cause for panic and urged them not to leave the state.
"The political parties should not use this issue for vote bank politics," Gadkari added.