The BJP has decided on two pronged strategy in Assam to carry forward its 2019 march. For the majority Assamese, they will keep the NRC fire on and for the Bengalis of Barak valley they will also simultaneously keep the Citizenship amendment bill warm.
This was yesterday decided by the National executive through a political resolution which was shaped with the help of Assam leadership. The state BJP leadership believe that anti Citizenship Bill emotion had run its full circle and by 2019 it would be manageable .
The state BJP had also gone after the opposing intelligentsia and already Dr Hiren Gohain had already been softened to a great extent. The state BJP has now silently decided to target the opposing intelligentsia as ‘pro Muslim anti-national tag” through their social media machinery.
Meanwhile clarifying its stand, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said the government is against infiltration into the country but not against the Indian citizens. This stand was delibarely done to keep both sides even.
To please Brahamputra valley it the Sonowal Government had asked the refugee status of migrat benglais revoked and on the other hand welcome through the Citizenship amendment bill.
This was a masterstroke to confuse the common people and win the 2019 election eaily in Assam adding at least two seats more tha the last time.
The political resolution moved by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh adopted at the national executive of the party renewed its pledge on updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and expressed its commitment to bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
Interestingly, some of the members of the West Bengal unit of the BJP, during the discussions, also demanded an NRC like exercise in their State to detect and deport illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
Party chief Amit Shah stated that illegal migrants would no longer be accepted. “We will implement the NRC in a manner that not a single new infiltrator will be allowed to enter India. He said the party has been working with great vigour to implement the NRC after the elections in Assam. The issue has been mentioned in political resolutions of nine BJP national executive meetings,” senior party leader Nirmala Sitharaman told newsmen here, quoting Shah.
She also quoted Shah on the party’s commitment to passing the citizenship Bill to ensure that the Hindus, the Buddhists and the Jains from Pakistan and Bangladesh can seek refuge in India without any hesitation.
In his opening remarks on Saturday, Shah said the party’s stand on the NRC is absolutely clear. “We have undertaken the task of identifying illegal immigrants as this is our commitment. We have shown consistency in our stand. Parties like the Congress have been forced to change their positions because of our clear and unambiguous stand,” he said.
“We are pursuing the Citizenship Amendment Act which will enable us to give refugee status to religious minorities like the Hindus, the Buddhists, the Sikhs and the Christians who do not have adequate protection in our neighbouring countries. We will give them respect and citizenship so that they can lead a life of dignity,” said the BJP national president.
The national executive is being attended by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, State unit president Ranjit Das, State ministers Siddhartha Bhattacharyya, Himanta Biswa Sarma, among others.