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CAA to be implemented after Covid vaccination ends: Amit Shah | India News


THAKURNAGAR: Union Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Thursday that the process of granting Indian citizenship to refugees under the CAA, including the Matua community of West Bengal, will begin once the vaccination process against Covid.
Accusing opposition parties of misleading minorities about the (amendment) of the Citizenship Law, he said that its implementation will not affect the citizenship status of Indian minorities.
Shah said the Modi government had promised in 2018 that it would introduce a new citizenship law and kept it when the BJP was elected to power in 2019.
He said that after the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, its implementation had to be kept on hold.
“Mamata didi said we made a false promise. She started to oppose the CAA and said she will never allow it. The BJP always keeps the promises it makes. We have brought this law and the refugees will get citizenship.”
“As soon as the Covid vaccination process is finished, the process of granting citizenship under the CAA will begin,” he said, addressing a rally here in the Matua community stronghold.
The Matuas, originally from eastern Pakistan, are Hindus from the weaker section who migrated to India during the Partition and after the creation of Bangladesh. Many of them have been granted Indian citizenship, but a significant part of the population has not.
Shah said that Banerjee will not be in a position to oppose the implementation of the CAA, as she will cease to be the chief minister after the assembly elections probably in April-May this year.

Times of India