Will Implement Citizenship Act After Covid Subsides, Says Amit Shah In Bengal

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is on a three-day visit to Bengal in an apparent bid to boost the morale of the party leaders, on Thursday said “TMC spreading canards about Citizenship (Amendment) Act.” While addressing a rally in Siliguri, Shah accused Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of “spreading rumours”. “I have come to North Bengal today. I want to make it clear that the Trinamool Congress is spreading rumours that the CAA will not be implemented. I want to say that as soon as the Covid wave abates we will implement CAA on the ground,” Amit Shah said.

“CAA was a reality and it will remain a reality and the Trinamool cannot do anything about it,” added the Home Minister.

Mamata also reacted on Amit Shah’s statement saying, “This is their plan. Why are they not bringing the bill to Parliament? They are not coming in 2024, I am telling you. We don’t want any citizens rights to suffer. Unity is our strength. He has come after one year. Har baar aate hain ganda baat karte hain (Every time they come they talk rubbish).”

The CAA, which was sanctioned in 2019 yet will be yet to be executed, means to concede citizenship to those individuals from the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian people communities who faced persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

In the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, the rules of citizenship have been simplified for migrants of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian religions from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. 

Earlier it was mandatory for a person to have lived here for at least the last 11 years to get citizenship of India. By easing this rule, the period of acquiring citizenship has been made from one year to 6 years, that is, people who have come to India in the last one to six years of the above mentioned six religions of these three countries will be able to get citizenship. 

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In simple words, the rule of giving citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority neighboring countries of India has been simplified.

Shah lashed out at the infiltrators saying “it is difficult to stop infiltration and smuggling without the support of the local administration.”

“The BSF has to ensure that borders are impregnable. It is their constitutional right to protect the frontiers. But it is difficult to stop infiltration and smuggling without the support of the local administration.

“However, we have faith that soon a political situation would come up wherein you will get that support due to public pressure. Everybody will be forced to extend all support,” Shah said while addressing a BSF programme in the North 24 Parganas district.

Earlier, Shah on Thursday inaugurated BSF’s ‘floating’ border posts and a ship ambulance at Hingalganj in Sunderbans area of North 24 Parganas district.

The Union Home Minister has come to West Bengal for the first time after the 2021 assembly elections in the state. Shah also interacted with senior BSF officials.





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