India: Modi asks Bangladeshi immigrants to pack up after May 16

A supporter of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), carries a cut-out as they wait for Modi’s arrival to file nomination papers for the general elections in the northern Indian city of Varanasi on Thursday

BJP prime minister candidate Narendra Modi has said that “Bangladeshis” will be deported if he comes to power, in his sharpest comments yet on illegal immigrants, NDTV reports.

Immigrants from the neighbouring country have been given the red carpet welcome by Indian politicians just for votes, Modi said at a rally yesterday.

If Modi assumes office after the results of the ongoing 16th Lok Sabha polls on May 16, the “Bangladeshis” must pack up from his country.

“You can write it down. After May 16, these Bangladeshis better be prepared with their bags packed,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said in Serampore in West Bengal, which shares a porous border with Bangladesh.

Targeting the state’s Trinamool Congress government, Modi said, “You are spreading the red carpet for vote bank politics. If people come from Bihar, they are outsiders to you. If people come from Odisha, they are outsiders to you. But if some Bangladeshi comes, your face seems to shine. This country cannot run like this. We won’t allow you to destroy the country for the sake of your vote bank politics.”

In February, Modi’s comments appearing to draw a distinction between Hindu and Muslim migrants had triggered a row.

“We have a responsibility toward Hindus who are harassed and suffer in other countries. Where will they go?  India is the only place for them.  Our government cannot continue to harass them.  We will have to accommodate them here,” he said.

His party’s manifesto also controversially mentions that India is a natural home for persecuted Hindus, the NDTV report added…

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It seems to me that Modi is merely reacting to a long, long history of Muslims treating others badly. True, if they are a minority, they try to hold back some, but once they become the majority (as in Bangladesh), it’s open season on non-Muslims.

As for vote-whoring politicians, we know lots about them.