Lucknow, Aug 5 : Asserting that the people of Uttar Pradesh want illegal migrants out, BJP chief Amit Shah said that the saffron party is in favour of similar citizens’ register for Delhi and West Bengal while asking Congress and other parties to clear their stand on Assam National Citizens’ Register.
Lending support to calls for a citizens’ register from the party’s Delhi and Bengal chief, Amit Shah said, “I would like to ask SP, BSP and Congress to clear their stand on whether they want illegal Bangladeshi immigrants to stay here or evict them”.
During the renaming ceremony of Mughalsarai station, Amit Shah said “Complying with Supreme Court orders we brought NRC. The NRC is a way to evict illegal Bangladeshi immigrants from Assam.”
“NRC is for taking out Bangladeshis from Assam. Mamata says NRC should not happen, Congress says the same. I ask Rahul Gandhi — should NRC happen or not? He does not reply,” Amit Shah said.
“Should Bangladeshis be taken away or not? I want to ask Congress — decide whether you want to keep the intruders here or not,” he added.
Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP of targeting Muslims of the state in the name of illegal migrants. She also warned that if the centre does not go for an urgent course-correction, there will be “civil war and bloodbath”.
Amit Shah had been countering her allegations, contending that the Trinamool chief was playing votebank politics.
The BJP has been facing relentless opposition attacks since the draft list of the National Citizens’ Register was found to have excluded 40 lakh people.