File picture of Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Reacting to the event, senior TMC chief and former MP Mamatabala Thakur, who too belongs to the Matua group, stated the BJP is shedding “crocodile tears” earlier than the state meeting polls subsequent 12 months.
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Senior BJP chief and MP, Santanu Thakur Wednesday stated he’ll write to Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah requesting him to shortly implement the Citizenship Modification Act(CAA) to make sure that folks from politically essential Matua group to which he belongs will get citizenship rights. The Trinamool Congress dubbed it as “crocodile tears” forward of subsequent 12 months’s meeting polls.
“I’ve determined to write down to Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah Ji and our get together president J P Nadda Ji to request them to make sure fast implementation of Citizenship Modification Act (CAA). The folks from Matua group are asking me when will probably be applied and they’re going to get their citizenship. I’ve no solutions. “The Matua group has been combating for his or her rights for the final 70 years … The Matuas are operating out of persistence,” Thakur, who’s the MP of Bongaon Lok Sabha seat, a Matua stronghold instructed reporters.
The brand new Citizenship legislation was handed in 2019 however it’s but to be applied. Reacting to the event, senior TMC chief and former MP Mamatabala Thakur, who too belongs to the group, stated the BJP is shedding “crocodile tears” earlier than the state meeting polls subsequent 12 months.
“If the Matuas aren’t residents, then how did they vote within the 2019 elections? Each time elections method BJP leaders converse in regards to the citizenship of Matuas. However as soon as the elections are over, they do not speak about it. “The Matuas are very a lot residents of this nation and we do not want any certificates from the BJP concerning it,” she stated.
The Matuas, initially hailing from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), began migrating to West Bengal within the Nineteen Fifties, principally as a result of spiritual persecution there. The group, with an estimated inhabitants of three million within the state, has affect in at the very least 5 Lok Sabha seats and sixty meeting seats in North and South 24 Parganas districts.
The Bongaon Lok Sabha seat consists of 70 per cent Matua inhabitants. Events chopping throughout political strains attempt to woo the Matua group given its electoral significance within the state.
The brand new citizenship legislation emerged as a flashpoint final 12 months with the TMC opposing tooth and nail the contentious laws and the BJP urgent for its implementation. The state had witnessed violent protests in December final 12 months in opposition to the implementation of CAA.