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Assam Polls: Did Nadda Break BJP’s ‘Cautious Silence’ On CAA? | India News


NEW DELHI: The BJP may have scored an own goal for publishing its manifesto on Tuesday for the upcoming Assam assembly elections. While the manifesto did not mention the implementation of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), party chairman JP Nadda, who launched the ‘Sankalp Patra’, said the legislation would be implemented in the state.
The protests had broken out in Assam, ruled by the BJP, shortly after the citizenship (amendment) bill was tabled in Parliament in December 2019. They escalated after the bill was passed in Parliament and it became law after obtaining the consent of President Ram Nath Kovind subsequently.
Several people lost their lives in the agitation in Assam against CAA, which later spread to other parts of the country, including Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
The CAA aims to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians) who had come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to India until December 31, 2014 due to religious persecution. in this countries.
The Assamese people, who were already against the infiltration of Bangladeshi Muslims, strongly opposed the bill.
The CAA agitation took place alongside the fiasco over the exercise of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) that allegedly failed to identify the original indigenous people and differentiate them from the infiltrators.
The BJP faced the daunting task of striking a delicate balance between NRC and CAA and the situation arising from the twin problems.
While announcing the NRC correction on the one hand, the BJP played down CAA on the other hand. He sought to gain the trust of the people by stating that his identity would not be diluted. They have been saying that CAA was not a problem for Assam and that not a single infiltrator could enter the state.
The BJP sought to play smart politics on AAC in neighboring West Bengal, which is also going to the polls alongside Assam.
While keeping quiet in Assam on CAA, BJP leaders have been announcing its implementation in West Bengal at the top of their voices, should the party seize power from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee.
The CAA implementation finds a prominent mention in the BJP manifesto for West Bengal published on March 21. In fact, while launching the manifesto, the Union Interior Minister Amit Shah said that the party would implement CAA at the “first cabinet meeting”.
On the other hand, CAA finds no mention in the BJP manifesto published by Nadda in Guwahati.
However, Nadda, when asked about the congressional promise to repeal the CAA if voted to return to power, said: “The CAA is core legislation. It was approved by Parliament. It will be implemented in letter and spirit. When a party (Congress) turns itself over to children, this is what happens. State legislation cannot change central legislation. Either it is ignorance or an attempt to cheat. ”
Nadda’s statement goes against the BJP’s efforts to downplay the contentious law by avoiding any reference to it before the polls.
Congress sought to take advantage of Nadda’s statement on AAC. The deputy of the Congress Lok Sabha from Kaliabor in Assam Gaurav Gogoi immediately cornered the BJP.
In a tweet, the Deputy Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha said: “As Congress reaffirms its guarantee of a law to nullify the CAA in Assam, the BJP says it will impose the CAA on the state very soon. Now it is up to the people of Assam to decide what they want. # Congressor5Guarantee ”

In NRC, the BJP manifesto says: “We will initiate the process of correction and reconciliation of entries under the National Registry of Citizens by mandate of the Supreme Court in a structured way to protect genuine Indian citizens and exclude all illegal immigrants.” .
Furthermore, it states that the BJP “will work on a revised NRC for the protection of Assam. We will protect genuine Indian citizens and detect infiltrators to ensure that the Ahom civilization is kept safe. To protect the political rights of Assam, a delimitation process will be accelerated ”.
Congress is likely to raise Nadda’s statement on CAA in the coming days, while the BJP would have to do some firefighting to control the damage.

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