In his first direct reference to the controversial CAA in the run-up to the Assam assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said refugees will be given citizenship rights, but asserted that the BJP will not allow infiltrators to enter the state. Shah referred to the Citizenship Amendment Act addressing election rallies at Silchar and Patharkandi in Barak Valley, where the legislation has been welcomed by the predominantly Hindu Bengali migrant population.
“I give assurance that refugees who come to Assam will be given citizenship rights, but infiltrators will not be allowed inside the state… The next BJP government will enact laws to tackle the menace of ‘love and land jihad’ in Assam,” he said. The CAA, a major poll plank of opposition parties, did not find any mention during election rallies by national and state leaders of the BJP or in its manifesto, but party president J P Nadda had said the act is a “legislation passed by Parliament and will be implemented in time”
News Source : News 18