A day after BJP promised implementation of CAA in its manifesto for Bengal Assembly election, Congress leader P Chidambaram said “BJP has revealed its true face in the party’s West Bengal election manifesto”.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was introduced in the 17th Lok Sabha and was passed on December 10, 2019 amid protests across the country.
During the protests against the CAA, a total of 5 persons lost their lives in Assam.
The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2019 with 125 votes in favour and 105 votes against it.
The Congress in its manifesto for Assam Assembly election 2021 promised to bring law against implementation of the CAA.
Former Union finance and home minister P Chidambaram on Monday tweeted: “The BJP has revealed its true face in the party’s West Bengal election manifesto.”
Regarding the promise of the BJP on CAA, Chidambaram said, “On the first day of government, the BJP will approve the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).”
Saying that CAA would divide the country, the Congress leader said, “The CAA will divide the country, discriminate against Muslims and deprive millions of Indians of their birthright of citizenship.”
“The intent is to intimidate and put fear in the minds of millions of poor and law abiding citizens, especially Muslims, and threaten them with incarceration in detention camps,” he said.
“The people of Assam and Bengal must vote decisively to defeat the BJP and its poisonous agenda,” PC further said.
The BJP has revealed its true face in the party’s West Bengal election manifesto.
On the first day of government, the BJP will approve the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 22, 2021
The CAA grants Indian citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis or Christians, who arrived in India before the end of December 2014.
However, the law does not grant such eligibility to Muslims from those countries, all of which are Muslim-majority countries.
Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday released the BJP’s manifesto for the West Bengal Assembly election 2021.