Senior BJP leader and MP,Santanu Thakur Wednesday said he will write to Union HomeMinister Amit Shah requesting him to quickly implement theCitizenship Amendment Act(CAA) to ensure that people frompolitically crucial Matua community to which he belongs getscitizenship rights.
The Trinamool Congress dubbed it as “crocodile tears”ahead of next years assembly polls.
“I have decided to write to Union Home Minister AmitShah Ji and our party president J P Nadda Ji to request themto ensure quick implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA). The people from Matua community are asking me when itwill be implemented and they will get their citizenship. Ihave no answers.
“The Matua community has been fighting for theirrights for the last 70 years … The Matuas are running out ofpatience,” Thakur, who is the MP of Bongaon Lok Sabha seat, aMatua stronghold told reporters.
The new Citizenship law was passed in 2019 but it isyet to be implemented.
Reacting to the development, senior TMC leader andformer MP Mamatabala Thakur, who too belongs to the community,said the BJP is shedding “crocodile tears” before the stateassembly polls next year.
“If the Matuas are not citizens, then how did theyvote in the 2019 elections? Whenever elections approach BJPleaders speak about the citizenship of Matuas. But once theelections are over, they dont talk about it.
“The Matuas are very much citizens of this country andwe dont need any certificate from the BJP regarding it,” shesaid.
The Matuas, originally hailing from East Pakistan (nowBangladesh), started migrating to West Bengal in the 1950s,mostly due to religious persecution there.
The community, with an estimated population of threemillion in the state, has influence in at least five Lok Sabhaseats and sixty assembly seats in North and South 24 Parganasdistricts.
The Bongaon Lok Sabha seat consists of 70 per centMatua population.
Parties cutting across political lines try to woo theMatua community given its electoral importance in the state.
The new citizenship law emerged as a flashpoint lastyear with the TMC opposing tooth and nail the contentiouslegislation and the BJP pressing for its implementation.
The state had witnessed violent protests in Decemberlast year against the implementation of CAA.
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