Will implement NRC in Bengal to weed out infiltrators: Amit Shah, TMC said will never allow

Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) president Amit Shah
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will conduct a citizenship screening exercise in Bengal to identify and weed out infiltrators, party president Amit Shah said at a public rally in the north Bengal district of Alipurduars on Friday.
“Will implement National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal to identify and throw out each and every infiltrator from the state. We want to assure each and every Hindu refugee that none has to leave the country. All of you will have a place to live in India with respect. The Citizenship Amendment Bill is our commitment,” said Shah.
Polling will be held in two constituencies Alipurduars and Cooch Behar on April 11 — the first phase of elections.
Shah also took a jibe at the Ma-Mati-Manush slogan of the Trinamool and said that they have gifted mati (land) to infiltrators (from bordering Bangladesh).
Friday’s speech was Shah’s first in the state since the date of elections were announced on March 10.
The BJP boss devoted almost the entire speech in criticising Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her “politics of appeasement”. He said that he had no problem with her decision to pay stipend to imams, but demanded he she should have also done the same for Hindu priests.
Incidentally, imams get the stipend from Wakf board.
“There has to be a limit to appeasement. For madrasa education, she allotted Rs 40 billion (4,000 crore) that exceeds the budget allocation for higher education. Elect Modi and he will flood the place with institutes for making doctors and engineers,” said Shah.
He also alleged that the state government is trying to push Urdu in Bengali medium schools, and pointed out that two of BJP’s workers Tapas Barman and Rajesh Sarkar fell to police bullets in Islampur (of North Dinajpur district) while agitating against recruitment of an Urdu teacher (in a local school) last year.
Shah also took on the Trinamool chief for questioning India’s air strikes against Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack in February.
“Instead of questioning the role of Pakistan, Mamata is questioning the air strikes of India because of her politics of appeasement. She wants to please her vote bank. Mamata does not want that we answer Pakistan. But do not worry. No matter what Mamata and Akhilesh (Yadav) might wish, Modi will always pursue tit-for-tat policy,” Shah said.
Only Modi can save Bengal from Mamata’s misrule, the BJP president said.
“Modi sent Rs 4,349 billion (4,34,9 00 crore) in five years but it did not reach you because Trinamool goons appropriated it,” alleged Shah.

 

Will never allow NRC in Bengal: Trinamool Congress


Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Friday rebuffed BJP president Amit Shah's claim to replicate the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal if the saffron party returns to power at the Centre.

"We will never allow any NRC exercise in Bengal. They (BJP) want to divide the people on religious and communal lines. We will never allow that to happen," TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said.

Chatterjee's comments come after Shah, at a rally in Alipurduar, said: "We will also bring in NRC in Bengal and throw out all infiltrators. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country."

The NRC is a document containing names of all genuine Indian citizens in Assam. It, however, became a hugely contentious issue after the complete draft, released last year, omitted the names of lakhs of people who have been residing in the state for several decades.

Chatterjee challenged Shah to win a single seat in the state in the general election. "We challenge the BJP to win even a single seat in Bengal. I can assure you all that the BJP will neither win a seat in Bengal, nor return to power at the Centre... The people of this country and Bengal have made up their minds to oust (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi," he said.

The TMC leader mocked the BJP for allegedly knocking at every door with the proposal to the people of becoming its candidate in the state. "Those who don't have proper candidates for contesting the polls are dreaming of capturing the seat of power in Bengal," he added.

With https://www.hindustantimes.com and https://economictimes.indiatimes.com input
Chatterjee's comments come after Shah, at a rally in Alipurduar, said: "We will also bring in NRC in Bengal and throw out all infiltrators. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country."

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will conduct a citizenship screening exercise in Bengal to identify and weed out infiltrators, party president Amit Shah said at a public rally in the north Bengal district of Alipurduars on Friday

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