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Citizenship Bill will have a positive impact in Bengal: Ghosh

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

BJP Dilip Wednesday claimed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will have a "positive" impact in the state.

He said it has exposed the "double standards" of CPI(M) and TMC who have played politics with the emotions of the refugees in

"We welcome this Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, we are confident that it will have a positive impact in Bengal where we have huge number of refugees who will be granted citizenship. Most of the including CPI(M) and TMC have played with the emotions of Hindu refugees for last several decades but did nothing for them. It is BJP which ensured they get citizenship," told

The TMC and CPI(M) should come out clean whether they want citizenship status for refugees or not or they are only interested in pursuing minority vote bank politics, he said.

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The bill provides for according Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, and after six years of residence in instead of 12 years currently even if they do not possess any document.

has dubbed the bill as "divisive" and "insidious" that goes against the basic tenets of the Constitution.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 21:40 IST