Siliguri: Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah said on Thursday that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be implemented in the country once the Covid-19 situation eases.
The former BJP president made the comment at a public meeting in Siliguri on the first day of his Bengal visit, where he is slated to take part in a series of events.
“I want to make it clear that the Trinamool Congress is spreading rumours that the CAA will not be implemented. I want to say that as soon as the Covid-19 situation improves, we will implement CAA on the ground,” Shah said.
“Mamata didi, do you want infiltration to continue? I want to tell you the CAA was a reality and it will remain a reality and the TMC cannot do anything about it,” Amit Shah added.
Reacting to the statement, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee questioned why the BJP was not bringing the CAA bill to the Parliament.
“They are not coming in 2024, I am telling you. We don’t want any citizens rights to suffer. Unity is our strength,” she said, accusing the senior BJP leader of talking rubbish.
At an earlier event, Amit Shah said it is difficult to stop infiltration and smuggling without the local administration’s support.
“The BSF has to ensure that borders are impregnable. It is their constitutional right to protect the frontiers. But it is difficult to stop infiltration and smuggling without the support of the local administration,” he said addressing BSF personnel in North 24 Parganas district.
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