BJP National Secretary Amit Shah has declared despite vociferous protest by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, her party and Congress, implementation of NRC –National Register for Citizens-will continue in Assam. “We are bothered about national security not vote banks like Mamata didi” he said” while addressing a youth rally organised in Kolkata on Saturday. All Hindus, Christians and Buddhists who have fled due to persecution in their motherland and taken shelter in India will be accepted as citizens, he added. He accused Bengal CM of spreading erroneous information on NRC in and out of Parliament .Launching a scathing attack on CM Mamata Banerjee for misgovernance, moulting corruption and lack of economic development ,he exhorted people to “uproot” her ruling TMC t and “throw it away”. As Mayo Road in Kolkata turned saffron with thousands waving BJP flags, Shah thundered: “I ask all of you to uproot this Trinamool Congress government and throw it away ” and said “I am and my party are against Mamata Banerjee and not against the people of Bengal. Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee is the founder of BJP. How can we be against Bengal?”
BJP president accused TMC of creating “hurdles during the immersion of Durga idols”. “Once the BJP comes to power in the state, Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja will be celebrated without any hurdles and much fanfare.” Taking Mamata Banerjee in her turf over illegal immigrants, the BJP chief made it clear that the NRC issue will be the main poll plank for his party in the eastern state affected by massive illegal immigration from across the border.. “I would like to ask Mamata ji why she is protecting Bangladeshi infiltrators. They are raising their voice against NRC because these Bangladeshi infiltrators are their vote bank in Bengal. But we will not let this happen. We will go ahead with the NRC plan and push back each and every infiltrator,” he said .Lashing out at the Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the BJP president wanted him to come clear on his stand over the issue of illegal immigrants. Shah targeted the Trinamool Congress over corruption and unleashing a reign of terror in the state. Since the TMC took over the state, there have been a series of corruption cases ranging from the Narada scandal, Saradha and Rose valley Ponzi scams involving several political bigwigs . He also spoke of the “unhindered activities of cattle mafias and coal mafia”. The BJP leader told the mammoth gathering that only way to “free” Bengal from corruption and deteriorating law and order was to “bring the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party in to power in Bengal”.
Going back to the NRC issue, Shah said that for the “sake of votebank politics”, Rahul Gandhi was “not making his stand clear on illegal migration from Bangladesh”. And for the same reason, according to Mr Shah, the West Bengal chief minister was “encouraging infiltration from Bangladesh”. Shah reiterated “Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Didi should clarify whether national security is important for them or the vote bank. For the BJP, the country comes first.” Amit Shah recalled the Assam accord was signed by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on August 15, 1985 to end anti- foreigner’s agitation.
“Then the Congress did not seemed to have any problem with the National Register of Citizens (NRC),” he said. He also attacked the TMC for unleashing a false propaganda campaign over the NRC issue. He assured, “I assure all the refugees that nothing will happen to them.” He then pointed out that this was the reason why the Centre had brought the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Asking Congress President Rahul Gandhi to clearly spell out his stand on the NRC in Assam, BJP President Amit Shah on Saturday asserted that his party was committed to completing the registration process to identify infiltrators notwithstanding opposition from Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.”Mamatadi, NRC will not stop just because of your opposition. You are free to oppose. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is free to oppose. But it is our commitment that we will complete NRC in Assam, by following the due process of law, and identify all infiltrators one by one,” Shah said at a rally here.Banerjee has been strident in her criticism of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, after 40 lakh people did not find a place in the document’s first complete draft published on July 30.Accusing Gandhi of not making clear his position on the NRC for the sake of vote bank politics, Shah pointed out that the work on the document was being done as per the Assam accord which was signed by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985. Rajiv Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s father, headed the Congress government at the Centre from 1984 to 1989.”The work of the NRC is being done as per the Assam accord. Who formulated the Assam accord? It was formulated by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi n 1985. “Then the Congress had no problem, but now for vote bank politics, Rahul Gandhi is not making clear his stand,” Shah said at the rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha. Meanwhile, the Seva Kendras for National Register of Citizens (NRC) opened on Friday to initiate the process for clarification and objection as indigenous Muslims living in different areas of Assam hope that their names will be included in the final NRC.