New Delhi: Citing that India isn’t a ‘Dharamshala’ where illegal immigrants can come and settle down, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Saturday said that only Indians had the right to the country’s resources.

Calling illegal immigration a threat to the country, Shah said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a way to solve the basic problems of the country and should not be connected to the BJP.

“This country is not a Dharamshala (charitable shelter home) that anyone can come and settle down here,” Shah said while speaking at the Jagran Forum organised by the Dainik Jagran media group.

He added, “NRC should not be seen by connecting it with the BJP only. It is a way to solve the country’s basic problems. How is it possible that anyone can come and settle down here? The country cannot run like this. Those who are its citizens should stay here only and they only have the right to the resources of this country.”

The BJP chief alleged that the intruders have been used as a vote bank for 70 years and they are a threat to the country, whereas BJP believed in taking tough decisions which are in the interest of the country.

“They (intruders) should be identified. Delete their names from the electoral roll. The BJP clearly believes that they should be identified and deported. Intruders are also threatening the security of the country,” he said while replying to a question on NRC.

On an earlier occasion, Shah had said that BJP is making an effort to remove infiltrators from Assam. Shah had said, “Our NRC move was opposed by all the major parties. We will ensure that no infiltrator is allowed to live in the country.”

Assam, which faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having a National Register of Citizens (NRC), first prepared in 1951. It is being updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court.

The complete draft of the NRC was published on July 30 and included the names of 2.9 crore people out of the total applications of 3.29 crore. Those omitted have been given an opportunity to submit documents afresh to prove their residency.

Meanwhile, at the same event, Shah exuded confidence saying the BJP will do well in all five states where polling had concluded and will definitely win Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.