Amit Shah sets 2024 dead­line for NRC

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JAMSHED­PUR: Union home min­is­ter and BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Mon­day as­serted that the Modi govern­ment would throw out all in­fil­tra­tors from the coun­try be­fore 2024.

Shah was ad­dress­ing elec­tion ral­lies in Chakrad­harpur and Ba­her­agora assem­bly con­stituen­cies. He also tar­geted Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for ob­ject­ing to a na­tion­wide ci­ti­zens’ reg­is­ter and the ex­pul­sion of the “in­fil­tra­tors”. “Shouldn’t in­fil­tra­tors be booted out of this coun­try and Jhark­hand,” Shah asked at a meet­ing in Ba­haragora. “But Rahul baba ob­jects to the na­tional ci­ti­zen reg­is­ter. He says don’t ex­pel them. Where will they go, what will they eat,” Shah said. “I will come again to seek your votes in 2024 and I as­sure you that we shall evict each and ev­ery in­fil­tra­tor be­fore that,” he added.

JAMSHED­PUR: Union home min­is­ter and BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah on Mon­day as­serted that the Modi govern­ment would throw out all in­fil­tra­tors from the coun­try be­fore 2024.

Shah was ad­dress­ing elec­tion ral­lies in Chakrad­harpur and Ba­her­agora assem­bly con­stituen­cies, just ahead of a de­bate in Par­lia­ment on a bill to fast-track grant of In­dian cit­i­zen­ship to mem­bers of re­li­gious mi­nori­ties from Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity Afghanista­n, Bangladesh and Pak­istan.

Shah, back in Jhark­hand to ad­dress elec­tion meet­ings for the sec­ond phase of Assem­bly polls to be held on De­cem­ber 7, also tar­geted Rahul Gandhi for ob­ject­ing to a na­tion­wide ci­ti­zens’ reg­is­ter and the ex­pul­sion of the “in­fil­tra­tors”.

“Shouldn’t in­fil­tra­tors be booted out of this coun­try and Jhark­hand,” Shah asked at a meet­ing in Ba­haragora town of Jhark­hand’s East Singhb­hum district. “But Rahul baba,” a de­ri­sive ref­er­ence to the Congress leader who was also in the state to ad­dress an elec­tion meet­ing 300 km away, “ob­jects to the na­tional ci­ti­zen reg­is­ter. He says don’t ex­pel them. Where will they go, what will they eat,” Shah said.

“But let Rahul say what he wants. I will come again to seek your votes in 2024 and I as­sure you that we shall evict each and ev­ery in­fil­tra­tor from the coun­try be­fore that,” added Amit Shah, who had started his speech by list­ing achieve­ments of the Raghubar Das govern­ment in the state and the Modi govern­ment at the Cen­tre.

Shah’s em­pha­sis on rolling out the Na­tional Ci­ti­zens’ Reg­is­ter (NRC) for the en­tire coun­try comes amid a con­tin­u­ing backand-forth be­tween his party and West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee over im­ple­ment­ing the ci­ti­zens’ list. AIMIM chief Asadudin Owaisi too op­posed to the NRC and dared the govern­ment to bring NRC be­fore Cit­i­zen­ship Amend­ment Bill (CAB) here on Satur­day.

The govern­ment has al­ready an­nounced that As­sam — the first state where the reg­is­ter was rolled out un­der the Supreme Court’s su­per­vi­sion — would go for a fresh list. It has in­sisted that the ex­er­cise was not aimed at peo­ple from mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties such as Mus­lims as was be­ing sug­gested by op­po­si­tion lead­ers.

He said the na­tional is­sues were so im­por­tant in Jhark­hand be­cause peo­ple of Jhark­hand love In­dia, they want a se­cured In­dia, they want to wipe out ter­ror­ism, they want to end Mao­ism and they want an im­pres­sive Ram Mandir in Ay­o­d­hya. “And all this is pos­si­ble when you strengthen Naren­dra Modi’s hands. Please en­sure vic­tory of Gilua and Ku­nal,” said Shah.

“BJP na­tional party also re­it­er­ated that our party has re­solved in its man­i­festo to in­crease reser­va­tion for OBC with­out tam­per­ing with ex­ist­ing reser­va­tions for trib­als and dal­its as soon as our govern­ment is formed in the state. We have al­ready formed a com­mit­tee for the same and we will also give 33% reser­va­tion to women,” said Shah, dar­ing Rahul Gandhi to

come with the ac­count of Congress rule for over five decades.

Mean­while, state Congress spokesper­son Alok Ku­mar Dubey re­sponded by say­ing that their party ac­cepted Shah’s chal­lenge for a de­bate over de­vel­op­ment in 55 years of Congress rule and five years of Modi govern­ment.

“In spite of en­tire cen­tral govern­ment com­ing to Jhark­hand for elec­tion cam­paign, peo­ple of the state were putting their trust on al­liance of Congress, JMM and RJD. BJP had noth­ing to do with Jhark­hand sep­a­rate state move­ment and none of the BJP lead­ers went to jail for this. For­mer PM Ra­jiv Gandhi had formed Jhark­hand Mat­ters Com­mit­tee for sep­a­rate state and Jhark­hand Au­ton­o­mous Coun­cil. So­nia Gandhi had Jhark­hand sep­a­rate state pro­posal passed from Bi­har Assem­bly and Ra­jya Sabha,” said Dubey.

MANOJ KU­MAR/HT PHOTO

■ Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah with BJP lead­ers dur­ing an elec­tion rally in Chakrad­harpur on Mon­day.

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