Kolkata: Union Home Minister Amit Shah challenged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday over the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act,saying that nothing will be able to stop the BJP government from granting citizenship to persecuted minorities.
“I want to tell you Mamata didi, whether you like it or not, you will not be able to stop us from granting citizenship to refugees living here for 70 years… Do whatever you want Mamata didi, you will not be able to stop us,” said Shah. He was addressing a BJP rally in Kolkata.
He accused Banerjee for orchestrating riots in Bengal in the name of CAA.
“Modi ji brought CAA which will grant citizenship to crores of Bengalis. But Mamata didi opposed it. She orchestrated riots in Bengal. Trains were burnt,” said Shah.
Shah stated that Muslims in India were being misled by inciting fear that they will lose their citizenship.
“I want to tell all the minorities in West Bengal that you will never lose your citizenship because of CAA. CAA is a law for granting citizenship and not for taking it away,” said Shah.
“The refugees in Bengal faced the problem of not being granted citizenship. When Narendra Modi brought CAA Congress, Communists and Mamata opposed it in unison. They (the opposition) claimed that (with CAA) the Muslims of the country will lose their citizenship,” he added.