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BJP leader: Will send back 10 million Bangladeshis living in Bengal

He said illegal Bangladeshi Muslims, living in West Bengal, are involved in arsons across the state

Update : 22 Jan 2020, 01:16 PM

Talking about government’s commitment towards implementing NRC, BJP’s West Bengal unit chief Dilip Ghosh has said they will send back 10 million Bangladeshi Muslims living in the state illegally.

He made the statement while addressing a rally in the North 24 Parganas district on Sunday, reports the Indian Express.

Addressing a rally in the North 24 Parganas district on Sunday, he said 10 million illegal Muslims, who are living in West Bengal, are “thriving” on the government’s Rs2 per kg subsidized rice.

“We will send them back,” he said adding: “These illegal Bangladeshi Muslims are involved in arsons across the state.” 

The BJP leader said he has no qualms in being branded communal for supporting the cause of Hindu refugees, who had to run for their life after being religiously persecuted.

“Those who are opposing the CAA are either anti-India or anti-Bengali. They are against the idea of India that is why they are opposing Hindu refugees getting citizenship,” Ghosh said.

Ghosh is known for his controversial statements and activities, which has often put him at loggerheads with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Earlier, the BJP leader had sparked controversy by threatening to shoot people who destroy public property during protests.

Mamata Banerjee is a strong critic of the database of citizens, and had refused to allow the enforcement of NRC in her state. The final list of Assam’s National Register of Citizens was published last year, where 1.9 million people were excluded from the list.

The NRC borrowed its criteria for citizenship from the Assam Accord of 1985, which had provisions to detect “illegal migrants,” delete them from electoral rolls and deport them.

Meanwhile, the Citizenship Amendment Act, approved by Parliament on December 11, 2019, provides citizenship to refugees from six minority religious communities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, provided they have lived in India for six years and entered the country by December 31, 2014. The Act has been widely criticized for excluding Muslims.

Protest broke out across India over the controversial citizenship act that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring countries, and has the potential to turn its Muslim citizens stateless, if they fail to trace their ancestry to the land.

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