Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday once again reiterated his stand of passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB in the parliament. He said that CAB will be passed in the parliament soon.
Addressing a public rally in West Bengal, Shah said, “BJP is committed to provide shelter, protection, and citizenship to the victim families of religious persecution who have come from the neighbouring countries.”
“I have come today to assure the people of Bengal. I have come to assure all refugees – Hindus, Buddhist, Sikhs, Jains, and Christians – especially the Hindu refugees because their numbers are high, that they will not be asked to leave India by the government,” he said.
“If our refugee brothers and sisters are not citizens of India today, it is because the Trinamool Congress opposed CAB,” he said adding, “They don’t have to leave the country. They will become citizens.”
“We had brought the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the RS, but the TMC MPs did not allow the Upper House to function. They did not allow the bill to be passed, and due to this, there are people in our country who are yet to get Indian citizenship,” the BJP chief said, adding, “We will have to implement NRC to ensure the country’s safety.”
It may be mentioned here that the CAB aims to grant citizenship to immigrants of six non-Muslim faiths from three countries under relaxed norms. Large sections of society in the NE and especially in Assam have said the Bill is a “threat” to indigenous communities.