Indian home minister Amit Shah affirmed that the Modi Government will extend the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to West Bengal but before that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will be passed to accord Indian citizenship to all Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees.
Addressing a seminar on the controversial NRC, TNN reports that which has previously been restricted to Assam, Shah said West Bengal’s ruling TMC was tricking people about the citizenship bill.
“People of Bengal are being misled about the NRC … I assure all Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain refugees they won’t have to leave the country, they will get Indian citizenship and enjoy all the rights of an Indian national,” he said.
He, however, asserted that all infiltrators will be thrown out of the country. Shah also hailed Indian PM Narendra Modi for revoking Article 370 of the constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it will facilitate a complete integration of the state into India.
Referring to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Janasangh, the BJP’s precursor, the Indian home minister said it was due to the sacrifices of the leader that West Bengal was today a part of the Indian republic