Thakurnagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah while addressing a public rally on Thursday said the process of much disputed Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) will begin once the process of Covid-19 vaccination campaign ends.
“As sson as the Covid vaccination process ends the process of granting citizenship under CAA will beign,” he said, while addressing a rally here in the bastion of the Matua community.
Matuas, are weaker section of Hindus who are originally from East Pakistan but migrated to India during the Partition and after the creation of Bangladesh. Many of them have been accorded Indian citizenship but a large chunk of the population has not.
Accusing the opposition parties of misleading the minorities about the CAA, that rocked the political pillars with millions of people protesting against the contentious law across the nation last year before it saturated due to corona imposed lockdown, he said its implementation will not impact the citizenship status of Indian minorities.
Reiterating the manifesto of BJP for 2018 polls, Shah said the Modi-government had promised that it will bring in a new citizenship law and kept it when his party was voted to power in 2019. He said after the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, its implementation had to be kept in abeyance.
“Mamata didi said we made a false promise. She started opposing the CAA and saying she will never allow it. The BJP always fulfils the pormises it makes. We have brought this law and refugees will get citizenship,” he said.
Talking about the impact of coming Bengal Assembly elections on CAA, Shah alleged that Banerjee will not be in a position to oppose the implementation of the CAA as she will cease to be the chief minister after the assembly polls. The elections are scheduled to be held in April-May this year.