Mamata misleading people on NRC issue: Amit Shah

Published : October 02, 2019 12:02 IST

Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing a rally in Kolkata on October 1. Photo: PTI

Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah clarified his party’s stand on the NRC (National Register of Citizens) in West Bengal and accused Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of “misleading” the people.

Addressing a gathering in Kolkata on October 1, Amit Shah said, “I have come to this platform to clarify the BJP’s policy and state the truth before the people of Bengal. Mamta didi says that if there is NRC then lakhs of Hindu refugees will have to leave Bengal. There cannot be a bigger lie…. I assure all Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain refugees, particularly Hindus,… will all be granted Indian citizenship.” The fact that he left out one particular religious community from his list of refugee seekers was not lost on political analysts.

Mamata Banerjee has categorically stated that she will not allow the NRC process in West Bengal. In September, the State Assembly passed a resolution opposing the NRC exercise in Assam and resolved not to allow it in West Bengal.

“However much the Trinamool Congress opposes the NRC, the Citizenship Amendment Bill is being implemented, and all asylum seekers will have the honour of becoming citizens of India,” said Amit Shah. Throwing an open challenge to Mamata, he said, “Didi is saying that she will not allow NRC to take place here, and I want to tell you that not a single infiltrator will be allowed to stay in the country. We will pick them out individually and throw them out.”

Amit Shah pointed out that the same Mamata Banerjee, when she was not in power, used to demand the ouster of illegal immigrants “when infiltrators used to vote for the communists”. “But now they [the infiltrators] are giving you votes and have become your vote bank, so you are saying do not throw them out. You are instigating the asylum seekers by saying that they too will be thrown out. We will not let any asylum seeker go, and nor will we allow any infiltrator to stay, that is certain,” he said.

He directed his party workers to visit every household and assure Hindu refugees that they will not be ousted after the NRC exercise in the State has been completed. Reacting to his speech, State Finance Minister Amit Mitra said, “Does the Constitution of the country allow this—to call one section of the people refugees and the other infiltrators. Their own people are saying that one crore people will be driven out of Bengal. After his speech today, there will be more panic among the people.”