NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tejasvi Surya on Wednesday, July 10 called upon the Centre to extend National Register of Citizens (NRC) to the state to remove more than 40,000 illegal immigrants from Karnataka.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, MP from Bangalore South constituency, said that illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants have become a security threat to the state.
“The state government last year as well as the honourable chief minister had said that there are more than 40,000 illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in the state of Karnataka,” said Surya.
“They have now taken up jobs illegally, procured Aadhaar cards, voter identity cards with the help of state government authorities. They are now posing a very important security threat to the state. “I call upon the Centre to extend NRC to Karnataka and Bengaluru to weed out Bangladeshis who have come here illegally,” he added.
After NRC was introduced in Assam, the illegal immigrants have been travelling to other parts of the country, Surya alleged. “A sovereign state must protect the integrity of its borders and protect the interests of all its citizens,” said Surya, concluding his speech.
A HUGE no. of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants have made Bengaluru their home, posing serious threat to national security while taking away jobs of Indians.
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) July 10, 2019
The speech comes days after a fresh exclusion list with names of over 1 lakh people was published on June 26.
NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the only time in 1951 and is being updated for only Assam to weed out the illegal immigrants.
When the draft NRC was published on July 30 last year, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it.
With ANI inputs