The issue of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal arrested in the election and in Assam came to light on Tuesday when the party released its Assam election manifesto.
The party’s national president JP Nadda, while announcing a poll in Assam, said the CAA could not be reformed by national law and was not committed to its implementation, two days after Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah released a West Bengal manifesto, the state Cabinet said. decision on the implementation of the CAA if the BJP enters the state.
The BJP proclamation in Assam does not address the operation of the CAA, which allows citizenship for Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis and Jains to come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Interestingly, before the 2016 elections in the government, which won, the party promised the implementation of the CAA, which in the government would mean automatic citizenship to young people from Bangladesh, who came after the 1971 liberation war, without going through the boring NRC process.
In 2019, Parliament approved a bill to amend the National Act, 1955, which provides for the naturalization of minority non-Muslim minorities from neighboring countries to India before December 31, 2014. The Assam agreement provides for citizenship for immigrants after March 25, 1971. as a closing date. The difference in timing has created anxiety in a situation where fear of outsiders has led to a seven-year crisis.
The Agency will still inform you of the rules for applying the amended law. In March, a parliamentary committee gave the Department of Home Affairs six more months to introduce these laws.
On Monday, at a road show in West Bengal in Medinipur, Shah said the CAA would be installed in Bengal. “Once we have concluded, the first meeting of our Cabinet will announce the implementation of the National Amendment Act,” Shah said.
Interestingly, the group is silent on the use of the NRC in West Bengal, for fear that doing so could affect Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh, including Dalit Hindu communities, Rajbanshis in northern Bengal and Matuas in southern Bengal. These two make up about 28% of the province’s population. Both communities seek the CAA and oppose the NRC.
However, in Assam there was widespread disruption and violence in 2019 against the CAA. The majority of people in government support the NRC, however. Assam’s opposition party, Congress, has vowed not to use the CAA in the state if it comes to power.
There are fears in Assam that the CAA will reduce the 1985 Assam Accord and lead to a new migration of Bangladeshi Hindus. The agreement provided for the deportation of all refugees and migrants, who entered Assam after March 25, 1971.
In Assam, the BJP has announced that it will focus on the reformed NRC after a large number of Hindu immigrants were excluded from the revised NRC announced on August 31, 2019. The NRC for the acquisition of undocumented immigrants out of 1.9 million out of 33 nearly a million people, who applied for inclusion in the NRC. The BJP has rejected the NRC as “a mistake” and said real citizens were left out during the incarceration of immigrants. The NRC is yet to be notified.
Nadda said the party, if elected in Assam, would make efforts to reform the NRC to protect real citizens. The NRC was held in Assam under the direction of the Supreme Court of 2017-18. In Parliament ‘s budget, the home affairs department said no decision had been made regarding the national implementation of the NRC.
Tapas Roy, Bengal’s Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, said, “Shah’s announcement about CAA is nothing but Wholesale (false promise). The BJP knows it will never force it in Bengal. The same goes for the NRC. Shah needs to explain what happened. Of the 1.2 million Bengals whose names have been added to Assam, ”he said.
Kolkata-based economics and political analyst Sarthak Roychaudhury said, “If Shah is an experienced and intelligent politician he should first analyze why such large sections of Bengali, including Hindus, oppose the CAA and the NRC. Both weapons are cutting on both sides and the BJP needs to be careful about them. ”
Akhil Ranjan Dutta, a journalist and professor of political science at Gauhati University, said, “The BJP only talks about the target NRC, but the 10 commitments (in its document) do not mention the CAA, the party committed to. West Bengal. -2019, the CAA has been a major problem. But in this case they have avoided and focused too much on promoting so-called civil strife and promised to protect Assam’s ‘sanskrit’ from cultural danger. They seem to want to divide votes as part of an important strategy. “