'We'll implement CAA on ground moment COVID-19 wave ends': Union Minister Amit Shah in Bengal; watch video

"Mamata Didi wants infiltration...CAA was, is and will be a reality," the union home minister said this during a rally in Siliguri

Aritra Singha Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2022, 11:31 PM IST

Amit Shah |

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the Citizenship Amendment Act will be implemented in Bengal once the Covid pandemic blows over.

Shah, who is on a two-day visit to Bengal, said Trinamool Congress was fooling the people by suggesting that CAA will not be implemented.

‘‘I am telling you that after corona we will implement the Act. CAA was a reality, is a reality and will remain one. Nothing has changed," he added.

Passed by Parliament in 2019, the CAA allows non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan — Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian — to acquire Indian citizenship in order to escape persecution in their native countries. Under the Act, people from these communities who came to India before December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

West Bengal was one of the states that passed a resolution against the CAA.

Countering Shah, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted that if a section of people are not voters of the state then how they voted in the recently concluded election.

“Amit Shah is the Home Minister of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ruling the country. If a section of people are not voters then how did they vote and choose the PM, CM and others?” questioned Mamata.

Taking potshots at the Trinamool Congress supremo, Shah said that the fight of the BJP against the TMC will continue. “People of Bengal have chosen Mamata Banerjee as the chief minister for the third time. But even then the violence, killings and the syndicate didn’t stop operating in the state. The BJP’s fight against the TMC will continue. Didi should not think that she can loot people and the BJP will be silent,” said the Union Home Minister.

Quoting National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Shah said that the NHRC, in its report, has claimed that in Bengal the ‘law’ of ruler prevails.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Published on: Thursday, May 05, 2022, 11:31 PM IST