SHILLONG, Feb 12: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is committed towards protecting the interests of the diverse tribes residing in the North East region of India, according to BJP national spokesman Nalin Kohli
“Whatever needs to be done to protect the identity of these tribes and other communities that lives in the North East, this has always been raised by the BJP. As rightly pointed out that it is the agenda of the government, so we are working with a positive agenda,” Kohli had said here on Monday.
He also pointed out that the BJP has flagged the issue of the changing demographic profiles of Assam and other states of the North East which has been caused by influx and illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. “We are always sensitive to this,” Kohli said.
Kohli however refused to comment when asked about the stance of the BJP on the growing demand for the implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya and Manipur.
Kohli meanwhile said that the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) is not a political platform but a developmental platform to bring development to the North East region.
“Those who are looking at NEDA as a political platform to fight election, it is their incorrect way of looking at it. NEDA brings people together to discuss the common vision of developing the NE. Political parties are entitled to have their own political agendas outside NEDA not within NEDA,” he said.
He also said that during the presidential elections a lot of constituents of the NEDA has supported and voted for the president. “However, if you reduce NEDA to a political platform that is incorrect as a coalition and a political platform is different so let us not mix up the two,” he added.