Published On: Mon, Apr 22nd, 2019

Refugees in India won’t face any problems due to NRC: Amit Shah

Kolkata: BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said the refugees in Bengal and elsewhere in the country will not face any problems due to the implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC), as all of them will be given Indian citizenship through the Citizenship Amendment Bill before that.

He said the BJP is committed to punishing all culprits in the multi-billion rupee scam

“The Hindu refugees in Bengal will not face any problems. The Citizenship Bill will be brought in first to ensure citizenship is given to all the refugees. After that NRC will be implemented.

“That’s why the refugees do not need to worry but those who are infiltrators should be worried,” Shah told the media here.

“NRC will be implemented across the country. It is not just for Bengal. Infiltration is a major national issue. In Bengal it can have a greater implication as it is a bordering state,” he said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party chief also urged the media to take an active role in clearing out the confusion and help in reducing the unnecessary fear over the NRC issue.

Noting the Citizenship Bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha due to opposition by certain political outfits including Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress, Shah said there will be no problems in passing the bill after the 2019 polls as the statistical equation in the Rajya Sabha will change.

“The bill clearly states that the religious minorities from other countries, who have taken refuge in India to protect themselves and their religion, will be given citizenship in India. They can be Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians or Buddhists. The BJP government would ensure their citizenship rights here.

“This bill could not be passed yet in the Rajya Sabha due to leaders like Mamata Banerjee. But the equation and statistics in the Rajya Sabha will change in 2020. We will pass this bill and ensure citizenship for all the refugees here,” he added.

Accusing the West Bengal police and administration of destroying all evidences related to the Ponzi scam, Shah said that the culprits would be punished for their misdeeds once the Mamata Banerjee government bows out of office.

“The chit fund scam happened in Bengal. The local administration and police have destroyed all evidence and proof. Mamata didi does not want any probe into the chit fund scam, but we want a probe. This is our fight. We don’t have any problem with any person,” Shah said.

He said the BJP is committed to punishing all culprits in the multi-billion rupee scam.

“After the Mamata Banerjee government goes, all culprits in the chit fund scam will get punished for their misdeeds. We are committed towards that,” he said.

To another query about a number of those quizzed in the ponzi scam cases now crossing over to the BJP, he said: “They have been taken in the party after checking the reports. Let the investigation be done first then the wheat will be separated from the chaff”.

The ponzi scam came to light in April 2013, when the Saradha Group – owned by Sudipta Sen – downed shutters across Bengal after being unable to pay back its depositors.

The group had raised huge sums of money, mainly from poor people who, lured by the promise of big returns, parked their life savings with the firm.

Sen and several of his cronies are now behind bars.

Later, a number of similar scams allegedly committed by groups like Rose Valley, MPS and Chakra came to light.

Following an order by the Supreme Court in 2014, the CBI has been probing the ponzi scam cases.

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