Leave alone a nonplussed Congress high command, it even took the bjp, vhp and the rest of the Hindutva brigade by surprise. The Congress government's decision in Rajasthan on August 10 to repatriate some 3,500 illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Jaipur and Ajmer has stirred a hornet's nest. While the authorities say it was purely an administrative action, the contentious issue has already begun to get political overtones, given the fact that it has come from a Congress government.
At the centre of the political storm is the Rajasthan home minister, Gulab Singh Shaktawat, who told the press last week that the government has decided to deport the illegal immigrants. The announcement came in the wake of an incident on August 5 when policemen in Jaipur were injured in clashes with residents of Gopalbari, a slum cluster of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.