KOLKATA: Launching a scathing attack on Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP national president Amit Shah said that the Trinamool Congress supremo has taken an U-turn on NRC as the Bangladeshi infiltrators have now become her vote bank.
Shah, however, added that Mamata Banerjee can try hard , but she would not be able to stop the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam and the BJP will ensure that the process is completed in a judicious manner.
“The Government of India will ensure that the asylum seekers stay here,” the BJP president said. Shah further added that the Citizenship (Amendment), Bill 2016 brought by the NDA government has provision to provide citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who have come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Challenging Mamata Banerjee to clear her stand on infiltrators, Shah said, “Mamata ji, you will have to make your stand clear before the people of the state, whether you are for infiltrators or for national security.”
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress leadership, observed black day in protest against NRC and brought out rallies in different districts of the state.
Raising his pitch against Banerjee further, Shah said, “There should be a limit to appeasement. In Bengal, people cannot even do Visarjan for Durga Puja, Saraswati puja. But I can assure you that if BJP is voted to power, we will do Durga puja and Saraswati puja with all grandeur. “
“The BJP has government in 19 states…. These states do not matter as long as the party does not have a government in the land of its founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee,” he added.
Warning Shah of legal action for levelling allegation against Mamata Banerjee, Derek O’Brien, TMC MP in Rajya Sabha asked Shah to apologise in next 72 hours. “We are a healthy culture, he has insulted that also. He has spoken lies and even fake facts. He should himself look at his track record before commenting on trinamool congress,” he said. Refuting Shah’s claims on NRC, he added, “NRC is an issue to save Indian citizens. Our stand on NRC is clear. It is an issue of Punjab, Bihar, Gorkha, tribal and and every one.”
Source: Economic Times