Javadekar slams AAP over stand on NRC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City -

New Delhi: At­tack­ing chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal for his re­marks on the NRC, senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar has said the peo­ple un­der­stand that the ex­er­cise is very im­por­tant as no coun­try can al­low il­le­gal in­fil­tra­tors to stay, and as­serted that his party will re­peat the suc­cess of Lok Sabha polls in Delhi Assem­bly elec­tion.

Last month, Ke­jri­wal had said if the Na­tional Regis­ter of Cit­i­zens (NRC) is im­ple­mented in Delhi, it is the BJP city unit pres­i­dent Manoj Ti­wari who will have to leave the cap­i­tal first.

This drew sharp re­ac­tion from the BJP. “Only Ke­jri­wal has con­fu­sion over NRC. This is the un­der­stand­ing of the Delhi chief min­is­ter. But it is not what peo­ple un­der­stand, they know that no coun­try al­lows il­le­gal in­fil­tra­tors to stay. There­fore, the NRC is very much im­por­tant,” Javadekar said.

He said home min­is­ter

Amit Shah has al­ready made it clear that the Cit­i­zen­ship Amend­ment Bill will be passed.

The Bill seeks to amend a 1955 law to grant cit­i­zen­ship to Hin­dus, Bud­dhists, Sikhs, Jains, Par­sis and Chris­tians from the Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity na­tions of Bangladesh, Afghanista­n and Pak­istan if they have lived in In­dia for six years. It had been passed by the pre­vi­ous Lok Sabha but was not tabled in Ra­jya Sabha. The bill lapsed af­ter the term of the pre­vi­ous Lok Sabha ended in May but was not in­tro­duced in the Bud­get Ses­sion in July.

Javadekar al­leged the Aam Aadmi Party's strat­egy re­volves around lies and tak­ing credit for others work, and said the BJP will get a “huge man­date” in Delhi assem­bly elec­tions, due early next year.

Aam Aadmi Party lead­ers were not avail­able for com­ment.

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