Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday stated the process of granting Indian citizenship to refugees under the CAA, including to the Matua community of West Bengal, will start as soon as the process of COVID vaccination has ended.
Accusing the opposition parties of misleading the minorities in regards to the Citizenship (amendment) Act, he stated its implementation won’t impact the citizenship status of Indian minorities.Shah said the Modi government had in 2018 promised it’s going to bring in a new citizenship legislation and kept it when the BJP was voted to power in 2019.He stated, after the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, its implementation had to be kept in abeyance.“Mamata didi stated we made a false promise. She started opposing the CAA and saying she’s going to never enable it.
The BJP always fulfils the guarantees it makes. We have now introduced this legislation and refugees will get citizenship.“As quickly because the COVID vaccination process ends the process of granting citizenship under CAA will start,” he stated, addressing a rally here within the bastion of the Matua community.Matuas, originally from East Pakistan, are weaker section Hindus who migrated to India throughout the Partition and after the creation of Bangladesh.
Many of them have been accorded Indian citizenship however a sizeable section of the population has not.Shah stated Banerjee won’t be ready to oppose the implementation of the CAA as she will stop to be the chief minister after the assembly polls likely in April-May this yr.