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We will scrap Article 370, introduce NRC across country: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Kalimpong (WB) 

The BJP will scrap Article 370 of the Constitution which grants special status to and introduce National Register for Citizens across the country if voted to power again, Amit Shah said Thursday, raking up the two hugely disputed issues.

On the campaign trail in West Bengal, he also accused TMC supremo Banerjee of questioning the air strikes to "appease" her minority vote bank, and demanded that she clarify whether she too favoured a for like her

"We will remove Article 370 from after forming the next BJP government at the Centre," Shah told an election rally here in Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency where the party has fielded industrialist Raju Singh Bisht.

Shah alleged that Banerjee, who is vehemently opposed to the contentious National Register of Citizens (NRC) that is currently restricted to Assam, was "misleading" people, and vowed to introduce it in every state after winning the polls.

"It is our commitment to bring in NRC across the country to chuck out each and every infiltrator. Unlike Banerjee, we don't treat infiltrators as our For us national security is supreme. We would ensure that each and every Hindu and Buddhist refugee gets citizenship of this country," he said.

Banerjee has repeatedly claimed the NRC, which seeks to weed out illegal migrants from Assam, will turn even bonafide Indian citizens into refugees.

The NRC got mired in a massive controversy after the names of around 40 lakh people, living in for decades, were omitted from the complete draft that was released last year.

He also took on the chief minister for "questioning the veracity" of the Indian Air Force's strike in Pakistan's to avenge the killing of 40 CRPF troopers in Kashmir, saying the IAF's assault was mourned in only two places--and Banerjee's office.

"We came to know that Mamata Banerjee was mourning the air strikes. It is quite obvious that the air strikes will be mourned in But why is Mamata Banerjee mourning? She is mourning in order to appease her This is a shame," Shah said, attacking the leader.

Mocking the grand opposition alliance proposed by Banerjee, Shah wondered why the and CPI(M) were criticising the TMC if they were her allies.

"I wonder what kind of grand alliance Banerjee is proposing. She is saying vote for the grand alliance. Why are the and CPI(M) criticising her TMC if they are allies at the Centre. The fact is no one is willing to stand with Banerjee. This alliance neither has a leader nor a policy," he said.

Seeking to reach out to tea garden workers, who constitute a sizeable section of the electorate, the said his party's manifesto has promised to provide a pension of Rs 3,000 to them after the age of 60.

In Assam, where the BJP is in power, the government has twice transferred Rs 2,500 directly to their bank accounts, he said, claiming the neglected tea garden workers.

Shah said the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal were about "restoring democracy" in the TMC-ruled state.

The BJP is making a determined bid to expand its influence in West Bengal where the support base of the and the Left has shrunk over the years.

Shah has set a somewhat ambitious target of winning 23 of the state's 42 seats. The BJP had won only two seats in the state in 2014.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 15:15 IST
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