Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that the process of granting Indian citizenship to other refugees, including the Matua community of West Bengal under the CAA, would begin when the Kovid vaccination process is over.
The opposition parties accused the minorities of misleading the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, saying that its enforcement would not affect the status of citizenship of Indian minorities.
Shah said that the Modi government had promised in 2018 that it would introduce a new citizenship law and put it in place when the BJP voted in 2019.
“Mamta Didi said that we made a false promise. She started opposing the CAA and said she would never let it happen. The BJP always fulfills those promises. We have brought this law and the refugees will get citizenship.”
Shah said that Mamata didi gets angry if someone shouts Jai Shri Ram as a political slogan in Bengal. He also said that Banerjee treats people like criminals if they shout Jai Shri Ram.
Addressing a rally here in the Matua community stronghold, he said, “The process of granting citizenship under the CAA will begin as soon as the Kovid vaccination process is done”.
Originally from East Pakistan, Matua is a minority of Hindus who migrated to India during Partition and after the creation of Bangladesh. Many of them have been granted Indian citizenship, but not a large proportion of the population.
Shah said Banerjee would not be in a position to oppose the implementation of the CAA as he would avoid becoming Chief Minister after the Assembly elections held in April-May this year.