Prime Minister Narenedra Modi today appealed Trinamool Congress (TMC) supreme Mamata Banerjee to support Citizenship Amendment Bill, that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Addressing a largely attended public rally at Thakurnagar in 24 North Parganas district of West Bengal, while attacking Mamata Banerjee for restoring violence against her political opponents, he sought support from the TMC for the controversial bill, which is pending in Parliament.
The bill has bene passed by the Lok Sabha and requires 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”.
Modi said that the bill was brought for people who had to flee their own country following religious persecution. They have come to India. Shouldn’t they get citizenship here, he asked.
“Due to communalism, people from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh had to flee from their countries. People from various religions including Hindu, Jains, Parsi found no other place but India. It is for these people that we have got the citizenship bill. I appeal to TMC to support this bill and let it pass in the Parliament,” he added.
He also lamented her that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is nerves with growing support to BJP in her state. Looking at the response from the people there, Modi said that “Now I can understand why Didi (Banerjee) and her party are indulging in violence…killing innocent people. She has become jittery because of your love for us. Thank you for turning out in large number.”