Dilip Ghosh
West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh during a public meeting. Credit: Twitter

Kolkata: Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah’s claims that there were no talks of bringing the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh, in a significant development, said that the Centre is committed to implement the “proposed nationwide NRC” soon.

Announcing that the Centre will send back over 1 crore Bangladeshi Muslims living in West Bengal illegally through the proposed nationwide NRC, Ghosh, while addressing a rally in the North 24 Parganas district, said that those opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are anti-Bengali and against the idea of India.

“Those who are opposing the CAA are either anti-India or anti-Bengali. They are against the idea of India that is why they are opposing Hindu refugees getting citizenship,” Ghosh said.

Over 1 crore illegal Muslims in the state are thriving on the government’s Rs 2 per kg subsidised rice, Ghosh alleged.

The statement of the BJP leader assumes significance as Union home minister Amit Shah had said, “There is no need to debate this (pan-India NRC) as there is no discussion on it right now. PM Modi was right and there is no discussion on it yet either in the Cabinet or Parliament.”

Earlier in Assam, addressing a public rally at Dibrugarh against the CAA while referring to BJP debacle in the recently-declared Jharkhand assembly elections, general secretary of All Assam Students Union (AASU) Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “The people of Jharkand have responded to PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah on this unconstitutional act that is aimed to divide the country on religious lines. The political rejection comes after social rejection pan India against CAA.”

BJP is trying to polarise the population in the name of Hindu and Muslims using CAA and they have shown a pro-Hindu face, Gogoi alleged.

“The BJP government is trying to communalise and polarise the entire population of the country; using Assam and Northeast as guinea pig they are imposing CAA. There is clearly a vote bank agenda hidden behind CAA,” he alleged.

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