Union Home Minister and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah said the central government will implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal, but added that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would be passed first to provide citizenship to all Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees. Shri Shah made the remarks at an event called NRC-Jagran Abhiyan at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on 01 October, 2019.
Shri Shah also appeared to assert that the NRC would be implemented in the state. “Didi is saying she will not let NRC happen in West Bengal. But, I am assuring you that each and every infiltrator in India will be shown the door.”
You must know that it was Mamata didi who had demanded action against illegal infiltration at Parliament during Left rule on August 4, 2005. As an opposition leader she used to allege the CPI(M) was using immigrants as a votebank. What has happened now,” Shri Shah said at an event at Kolkata.
“Mamata Di is saying that millions of Hindus will have to leave West Bengal. There cannot be a bigger lie than this. Today, I want to assure Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Christian refugees — you will not be forced to leave India by the Centre. Don’t believe in rumours. Before the NRC, we will bring in the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will ensure these people get Indian citizenship. There is a panic in Bengal because of misinformation being spread by the Trinamool Congress,” he said.
“The Narendra Modi government has taken a pledge to help Hindu Bengali refugees in West Bengal who came from Bangladesh and Pakistan. Also, we are committed to stop illegal immigration. Therefore, this Citizenship bill is necessary. This bill is meant to restore the lost dignity of Bengali Hindus… and the Matua community. We will first implement the citizenship bill here and then we will throw all illegal infiltrators from this state through NRC. No one can stop us from creating a ‘Sonar Bangla’ (golden Bengal).”
“No country in the world can run smoothly while carrying the burden of so many intruders. This has to stop. We are working towards changing Bengal. NRC is a must. We will have to implement NRC to ensure the country’s safety and security,” he said.
The home minister highlighted that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition at the Centre had introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha in 2016, but the Trinamool Congress did not allow it to pass. Shri Shah said the bill would provide citizenship to those belonging to minority communities from neighbouring nations.
The BJP President also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special Constitutional status. He said that the Centre’s August 05 order will ensure that the state is completely integrated into India.
Shri Amit Shah also referred to Jan Sangh Founder Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee and said Shri Modi had paid a tribute to him by revoking Kashmir’s special status. “They are trying to say the BJP is an outsider party in Bengal, that it doesn’t have anything to do with Bengal. When entire Bengal was about to go to Pakistan, Syama Prasad Mookerjee had partition done and kept West Bengal for us.”