Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to West Bengal today said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will be implemented across the nation once the coronavirus pandemic is firmly under control and ends.
Mr Shah was on a two-day tour of West Bengal, where assembly election will be held early next year. The BJP is looking to unseat Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and defeat her party Trinamool Congress by deploying its “development” agenda and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s all out election-winning assault on the opposition.
“The citizenship law will be implemented and refugees will get citizenship. It depends on the coronavirus pandemic. But it will be done. The law is in place,” Mr Shah said today as he prepared to leave the state at the end of his two-day visit.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA, for the first time, makes religion the test of Indian citizenship. The government says it will help non-Muslim refugees from three Muslim-dominated neighbouring countries if they fled to India because of religious persecution. Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and violates secular tenets of the Constitution.