Congress leader and former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “liar” for saying that there is no detention camp in the country and claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre had sanctioned Rs 46 crore for one in Assam’s Goalpara district.
He said the Congress government which he helmed in the state had set up detention camps in Assam as per the directions of the Gauhati high court in 2008.
Gogoi had led three consecutive governments in the state from 2001 to 2016.
Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had suggested setting up detention camps for illegal immigrants, he said.
“Modi is a liar”, Gogoi said at a press conference in Guwahati, referring to a rally by the prime minister at the national capital in which he had said there is no detention camp in the country.
“In 2018, the Narendra Modi government had sanctioned Rs 46 crore for constructing the largest detention centre at Matia in Goalpara district of Assam for housing 3,000 illegal immigrants. Suddenly he says there is no detention camp,” Gogoi said.
“Why did the BJP government in 2018 sanction Rs 46 crore? This shows Modi is a liar”, Gogoi asserted.
Gogoi further said, They accuse that Congress is responsible for illegal immigrants. All right, then why don’t you detect&deport them? Both Prime Minister & Home Minister promised that illegal immigrants will be deported. Why have you not identified? Who’s prevented you?