Modi promises Citizenship Bill, claims NRC credit

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PM holds poll rally in Bengal, calls Mamata ‘speed-breaker’ Didi 

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, April 7:Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated his party’s commitment on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 saying it would execute the same once it retains power at the Centre.

Modi said this while addressing an election rally at Rash Mela ground in Cooch Behar in West Bengal on Sunday.

Coming down heavily on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Modi said it was the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which brought the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, but ‘Didi’ opposed the decision of the BJP government.

“Didi has betrayed the Centre by giving protection to the intruders. This chowkidar has brought NRC and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to drive out infiltrators. But Didi with her ‘Mahamilawati’ (opposition alliance) colleagues are trying to stop the government from pursuing them,” he said.

The BJP on its official Twitter handle on Sunday stated in Hindi: “Apke ye chowkidar Citizenship (Amendment) Bill lekar aya. Hamari kaussish Ma Bharti ki santano ko, Ma Bharti main astha rakhne walo ko suraksha dene ki thi: PM”.

Although the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019, it lapsed in the Rajya Sabha due to massive protests across the Northeast.

“Our effort was to provide protection to the children of Mother India, who have faith in the country,” said Modi alleging Mamata of trying to mislead people through lies.

Mamata Banerjee in Dhubri said that the NRC and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are “two lollipops” of the BJP to fool the people of Assam.

In a scathing attack on Banerjee, Modi said, ‘speed-breaker Didi’ has applied brakes on several central schemes, denying people of the benefits available in other parts of the country.

“Didi has maligned Bengal with Saradha Scam, Rose Valley scam and Narada scam. I want to promise you all that this Chowkidar (Modi) will seek answers for each and every paisa looted,” he said. Noting that a venue with limited space was allotted for today’s rally, Modi said, “Didi tried her best to stop people from attending the rally in large numbers. How does she expect to win the elections with such childish antics.”

“The way Mamata expressed her anger against Election Commission only shows how perplexed she is. Didi is fast losing her political ground in Bengal,” the PM said. Banerjee had expressed her displeasure when the Election Commission announced seven-phase Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal.

Modi also charged Banerjee with protecting illegal immigrants to secure her vote bank.


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