Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumder on Tuesday said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) “will be implemented” ahead of next year’s general election as the Constitution gives the government of India right to make decisions regarding citizenship in India.
Taking a jibe at Trinamool Congress (TMC), Majumder said they can oppose the CAA but “it will not bear fruitful results”.
“The TMC may not favour the implementation of the CAA, but that does not mean it will be deemed null and void. The CAA will be put into effect before the Lok Sabha elections in 2024,” the West Bengal BJP chief said as per India Today report.
“Offering citizenship is a prerogative of the central government and not that of a particular state as per the Constitution,” he was quoted further saying.
Hitting out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Majumder said, “She cannot decide who will or will not get Indian citizenship.”
Majumder stated that the government of India aims to provide citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus living in West Bengal ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election. “All such people will be accommodated,” he said.