Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing a seminar on NRC in West Bengal assured that the Central government will extend the National Register of Citizens also to the state of West Bengal but before implementing NRC in the state, he said that the Citizenship (amendment) Bill will be passed to provide Indian citizenship to all Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees.
NRC was earlier implemented in Assam. Following this implementation, there is a consistent demand from various sections of people to implement NRC in other states as well.
Amit Shah said, “People of West Bengal are misinformed about the NRC. I assure all Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain refugees that there is no need for them to leave the country and they will be granted Indian citizenship and can enjoy all the rights of an Indian citizen” he said.
However, Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that all infiltrators will be thrown out of the country. Amit Shah also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and said that it fulfilled the complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India.
He also referred to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of BJP’s parent party Jana Sangh, and said that West Bengal is at present part of India Union due to the sacrifices of Syama Prasad Mookerjee.