New Delhi: With 2019 Lok Sabha polls just a few months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday in West Bengal starting from Thakurnagar.
While addressing relly in Thakurnagar, PM Modi lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over alleged attacks on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in the state.
“Looking at the response from the people here (Thakurnagar), I now understand why Didi is resorting to violence,” PM Modi said while addressing a rally.
PM Modi sought support of Trinamool Congress (TMC) party for the Citizenship Amendment Bill which is pending in Parliament that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha and requires the approval of the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing budget session. If the bill does not a nod from the Rajya Sabha, it will lapse when the tenure of the current Lok Sabha ends. The TMC has opposed the citizenship bill calling it “discriminatory”.
“We have brought the citizenship bill for people who had to flee their own country following religious persecution. They have come to India. Shouldn’t they get citizenship here? I ask TMC people to support the citizenship bill in Parliament,” PM Modi said.