Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted that no one can stop the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act as it is the law of the land.
He also accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of misleading people about the issue.
During a closed-door meeting with the West Bengal BJP's social media and IT department members at the National Library on 26 December, Shah said it is the party's commitment to implement the CAA.
Shah expressed confidence that the party is poised to secure over 35 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats from the state, a significant increase from the 18 seats they won in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The media cell of the Bengal BJP distributed a set of key points from Shah's speech at the closed-door event. Additionally, several video excerpts from Shah's speech were shared later in the evening.
"We have to work to form a BJP government in West Bengal after the next assembly polls. A BJP government will mean the end of infiltration, cow smuggling and providing citizenship to religiously persecuted people through CAA," he said at the party programme, the video clip of which was shared by the BJP's media wing.
Launching a scathing attack on the West Bengal CM Banerjee, Shah accused her of misleading people on the CAA issue.
"At times, she tries to mislead the people, the refugees, whether CAA will be at all implemented in the country or not. I want to say this clearly that CAA is the law of the land and no one can stop its implementation. This is the commitment of our party," he said.
The Trinamool Congress, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, has been in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act, which was enacted by Parliament in 2019.
The commitment to enforce the contentious CAA was a significant campaign promise of the BJP during the previous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The BJP leaders reportedly believe it played a feasible role in the BJP's ascendency in Bengal.
The CAA aims to provide Indian citizenship to persecuted minority groups such as Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, and Christians from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who arrived in India on or prior to 31 December 2014.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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