Hyderabad: The BJP in Telangana have demanded for a National Register of Citizens in the state on the lines that there are plenty of illegal immigrants in the state. 

The Telangana BJP’s demand comes on the same day that over 19 lakh persons were left out of the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

In a press statement issued by party chief spokesperson for Telangana state Krishna Saagar Rao, the BJP claimed that there’s a steady growth of illegal immigrants in the state in general and Hyderabad in specific in the guise of refugees.

Alleging that the TRS-led government along with its ally the AIMIM was turning a blind eye to the issue, Rao stated, “BJP considers this trend is growing and illegal immigrants are moving into Telangana State from many borderline states, finding the local environment conducive for their survival. Telangana state government in political connivance with AIMIM is looking the other way, with full knowledge of this dangerous trend.”

Claiming that the Telangana police have pegged the number of illegal Rohingya refugees in the state as 5000, while the real numbers were ‘running into several lakhs’, the BJP alleged, “These illegals are being used by AIMIM in variety of ways apart from using them as illegal voters during elections.” 

The BJP’s press release further stated that the illegal immigrant issue is a “ticking time bomb” and can have very dangerous consequences for “communal harmony, peace and stable law & order in the state”.

The state wing of the BJP intends to formally appeal to and brief Union home minister Amit Shah on the relevance of this demand.