Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that the BJP will not return to power in 2024 and no CAA will be implemented. The reaction came after Union Home Minister Amit Shah made a remark about implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Home Minister Amit Shah slammed the Trinamool Congress for spreading rumors about the CAA and said that the Central government will implement it once the pandemic ends.
The Chief Minister also alleged that Amit Shah visited the state to help the Border Security Force (BSF) infiltrate politics.
While addressing the media persons, the West Bengal CM said she respects BSF but BSF should not fall under Amit Shah’s trap.
She further added that “The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is BJP’s linkman. They believe in doing ‘tukda’. But they want to divorce Hindus and Muslims, they want to divide communities. Being the Home Minister of the country he has only misused the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He is bringing the Delhi danga to Bengal,”
The Chief Minister said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act Bill has lapsed. “They are talking about CAA. Then those who elected the PM and CMs were not citizens of this country? The CAA Bill has lapsed. Why are they not bringing this bill to Parliament? I don’t want the rights of citizens to be curbed. We all have to stay together, unity is our strength,”.
She further warned the Home Minister to stick to his job and not to interfere in BSF’s job. “Amit Shah, I have respect for you as the Union Home Minister. But do not teach me what to do. Do not ask BSF to overrule the state. Your job is to guard borders with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Their job is to stop cattle smuggling and infiltration. Do not play with fire,”
Further replying to the media’s question on CAA, Banerjee exuded confidence that the BJP will not return to power in 2024 and CAA won’t be implemented. She said that “I am saying they will not come to power in 2024. No National Register of Citizens (NRC), National Population Register (NPR), and CAA will happen. He should hide. He came here after one year. He came here to infiltrate BSF into politics,”
She further warned the central government, “Don’t do things to bulldoze the democratic structure of the country and don’t play with fire, the people will retaliate by giving a befitting reply.”
When questioned about the unity of the opposition she said, “Don’t think the game is lost. I think good sense will prevail and they will come together. We have to fight the battle strongly and boldly, “
She further slammed Home Minister Amit Shah and said that “the Home Minister (Amit Shah) should see what happened in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, Uttar Pradesh and in Madhya Pradesh, not worry about Bengal. BJP’s work is to create divisiveness. What has he done as HM? They did violence even on the day of Eid.”