Reiterating his stand that the BJP will implement National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal, state president Dilip Ghosh on Monday said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah is coming to Kolkata Tuesday to confirm this. The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has been protesting the move. At least 11 people have died across the state over rumours that the NRC will be implemented in the state.
“The Opposition can say whatever they want, but we will implement the NRC in Bengal. We will identify and drive away infiltrators. Amit Shahji is coming to Bengal tomorrow and he will be here to say this. However, Hindus need not worry. Every Hindu will get citizenship,” said Ghosh while participating in a debate at the Calcutta Press Club.
“We have not brought in NRC in Assam, but it was implemented by the orders of the Supreme Court. Here in Bengal, even if people are dying of accidents, they are labelled as NRC-related deaths and government are giving out Rs 2 lakh as compensation. Here, there is an attempt to mislead people and fan trouble. If there is panic, the chief minister, who is spreading fear, is responsible,” Ghosh added.
On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, Ghosh said, “The Bill will be introduced and passed in Parliament. We still have time. All Hindus will get citizenship.”
Shah is scheduled to speak to BJP workers at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Tuesday and will hold meetings with party leadership. He will inaugurate a community Durga Puja at Salt Lake. Sujan Chakraborty, CPM legislative party leader who also took party in the debate, said citizenship should not be granted on the basis of religion.
“Asking all to prove that they are Indian citizens is an insult to the people of India. People are being harassed. There are laws to identify foreigners and there are laws for citizenship. One should not divide the country and grant citizenship on the basis of religion. Interestingly, the chief minister supported this party (BJP) in 2003,” said Chakraborty.