Our 'western and northern' neighbours pushing illegal Bangladeshis into India: Army Chief

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Earlier, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had said that the infrastructure development by China's PLA in the Doklam Plateau is temporary in nature.

In his remark, he also said that the Assam-based party All India United Democratic Front had "grown faster" than the Bharatiya Janata Party in the state.

However, Dhaka University (DU) global relations department's Prof Imtiaz Ahmed said one should not pay too much attention to General Bipin Rawat's comment as it was politically motivated.

Alternative parties like the AIUDF and the AAP have grown because of the misgovernance of big parties, he added. I think this proxy game is being very well played by our western neighbour, supported by our northern border (China), to keep the area disturbed. They will always try and ensure that this area is taken over through proxy warfare. "We will continue to see some migration happening", he said. "It is not the domain of army chief to monitor the rise and fall of a political party".

This remark from AIUDF President came after Bipin Rawat's comment about Muslim fronts faster growth.

Rawat was also criticised by other political parties too. If it was five districts to eight to nine, inversion has taken place whichever be the government, " he said while referring to reports that Muslim majority has increased from five to nine districts in Assam. The party, which Ajmal launched in 2005, has been gaining ground in Assam's Muslim-dominated constituencies and now has three MPs in the Lok Sabha and 13 MLAs in the Assam Assembly. These measures include identification of people who create trouble and isolating them from the general population.

Commenting on last year's Doklam standoff, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said "frequent" instances of transgression by the Chinese army across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Doklam incident were an indication of increasing assertiveness by China. "The AIDUF is moving at a faster pace in Assam", he added.

BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said: "The Awami League government is illegal and everyone knows that". Specifically, General Rawat's use of the German word "lebensraum" in the context of Bangladeshi immigration is problematic given its close association with Nazi policies in Eastern Europe in the 20th century.

The Army said: "There is nothing political or religious in the talk".

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat with the students and teachers from Manipur, in New Delhi on February 21, 2018.