At a time when the Congress is crying foul over the NRC exercise, it finds itself embroiled in a major controversy over allegedly backing illegal migrants.

The opposition is virtually hounding the party over the latest wikileaks cables claiming that then Congress president Sonia Gandhi had in 2006 offered to amend the foreigners act to prevent deportation of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in a desperate bid to appease the migrants ahead of the state assembly elections in Assam.

The wikileaks cable says, “In a brazen appeal to the Muslims, Sonia Gandhi offered to amend the Foreigners Act to prevent deportation of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.”

As per the wikileaks cable, Sonia Gandhi was in Assam in February 2006 to launch the Congress’ campaign for assembly elections in the state that were due a few months, coming against the backdrop of losses for the Congress in Bihar, Karnataka, and upcoming uphill battles in Kerala and West Bengal.


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