RAIGANJ — BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday said his party will implement NRC across the country and throw out every infiltrator if the party is voted back to power. Addressing a rally in Raiganj in West Bengal, Shah also said Bengali refugees in West Bengal have nothing to worry.
Later in the day, BJP posted a tweet on its official Twitter handle quoting Shah that apart from Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, every infiltrator will be removed from the country.
“We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country. We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs: Shri @AmitShah #NaMoForNewIndia,” tweeted the BJP, quoting Shah.
— BJP (@BJP4India) April 11, 2019
“The illegal immigrants are like termites. They are eating the grain that should go to the poor, they are taking our jobs. The T in TMC stands for Tushtikaran, (appeasement), M for Mafia and C for Chitfunds,” Shah said while addressing a rally in Raiganj, West Bengal.
After coming to power, the BJP would find these termites and throw them out, he asserted, adding that citizenship would, however, be granted to every Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh.
BJP president Amit Shah’s comment has created an outrage and came in for widespread criticism:
Tony Joseph, a journalist and author of “Early Indians,” said the BJP was the “true inheritor of Nazism.”
“Since the ruling party is campaigning purely on hate (and) vitriol, the results of 2019 will show clearly how much of the 2014 votes it received was on account of bigotry (and) how much on account of people being taken in by its promise of ‘development, development, development’,” he added in a later tweet.
Since the ruling party is campaigning purely on hate & vitriol, the results of 2019 will show clearly how much of the 2014 votes it received was on account of bigotry & how much on account of people being taken in by its promise of 'development, development, development'
— Tony Joseph (@tjoseph0010) April 12, 2019
Model and actress Gauhar Khan said she was “shocked at how blatantly divisive” the BJP’s statement was.
Preeti Sharma Menon, spokeswoman for the Aam Aadmi Party, accused the BJP and Shah of “threatening large scale persecution, or maybe they will resort to their favorite method — genocide?”
Here are @BJP4India and @AmitShah threatening large scale persecution, or maybe they will resort to their favorite method – genocide?
You may have all departments dancing to your tunes now, but soon India will respond back to this threat. https://t.co/Zntoh21znX
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) April 11, 2019
“You may have all departments dancing to your tunes now, but soon India will respond back to this threat,” she added.
Congress in a statement on its official Twitter account, said the BJP “has made it clear that they have no respect for our Constitution (and) no remorse in dividing our nation on communal lines.”
This is the "new India" they want, one completely devoid of unity & brotherhood. The BJP has made it clear that they have no respect for our Constitution & no remorse in dividing our nation on communal lines.
It is the responsibility of every Indian to vote out this hatred. https://t.co/otQr1qp6yL
— Congress (@INCIndia) April 11, 2019