Union Home Minister Amit Shah Credit: File image

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that rules for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act are yet to be framed because of the pandemic and the matter will be considered once the COVID-19 vaccination starts and the corona chain breaks.

“The rules of the CAA are yet to be framed as such a massive process could not be carried out because of the corona. As soon as (COVID) vaccination starts and corona cycle breaks, we will consider it,” he said.

Shah also attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the recent attack on BJP chief JP Nadda’s convoy, asserting that the centre has the right to summon state IPS officers responsible for providing him security for central deputation, and asked the TMC to go through the rules before pointing fingers at the union government.

At a press conference at Bolpur in West Bengal on Sunday, Shah said the West Bengal CM and her Trinamool Congress (TMC) raked up the “outsider-insider” issue to divert public attention from the failures of the state government and said that a “son of the soil” would lead the state if the BJP is voted to power.

Asked about the summoning of IPS officers of West Bengal cadre by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Shah said the Centre sent the letter to the state government as per the Constitution and the law. “It is according to the federal structure (of the country). They (TMC government) should first go through the rules and then talk to the centre and the public.”

The centre had on Thursday shot off a fresh letter to the West Bengal government to immediately relieve its three IPS officers for central deputation, following which the Chief Minister branded the move as “unconstitutional and unacceptable”.

On the attack on JP Nadda’s convoy by alleged TMC activists during his visit to Diamond Harbour on December 10, Shah alleged that political violence and corruption are at peak in the state.

“The BJP condemns it, and I too condemn it. The BJP believes that in a democracy, everyone should have the right to voice their views. And it is the responsibility of the ruling party to ensure that all parties can have their voice heard.

“The attack on the BJP chief is not only an attack on him. It is an attack on democracy in West Bengal and the Trinamool Congress is completely responsible for this,” Shah said.

They must not be under the impression that the BJP will be cowed down by such attacks, he said adding that the party will continue to work to defeat the TMC.

On the “insider-outsider” debate, Shah said, “I think Mamata di has forgotten a few things. Did she call Indira Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee, Narasimha Rao outsiders when they used to come to West Bengal, and she was with the Congress? Does she want a country where people from one state will not visit another?”

“Someone from Bengal, a bhumiputra (son of the soil), will defeat her and become the next CM of the state.” He said.

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