New Delhi: National BJP president, Amit Shah, said that the Narendra Modi government at the Centre will weed out every foreign national living illegally in the country and have them deported. Shah touched upon the raw nerve of both the Congress and Trinamool Congress headed by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, by raking up the issue of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) during his visit to Rajsamand, Rajasthan from where he flagged off chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s 40-day rath yatra.
While the TMC has openly warned against pursuing the NRC survey claiming it would disrupt the social fabric and lead to civil unrest, Congress has remained non-committal on the issue. Calling it the politics of vote bank that the Congress has been pursuing, Shah asked the audience at the packed JK Stadium in Kakroli if they want foreign nationals to continue living in India illegally. He asked the audience whether the Bangladeshi nationals residing illegally in the country shouldn’t be deported. “Nikalnachahiye yanahin chahiye?” he asked the audience twice.
Seizing on the opportunity, Shah told the audience, “Rahul Baba kopuchiye 15tarikh koBangladeshiyon ko Nikalnachahiye yanahin chahiye? (Ask Rahul on 15th when he set to arrive in Rajasthan whether Bangladeshi nationals shouldn’t be deported?),” Shah said. He then asked the audience if the NRC should be implemented in India? He took on the Congress saying they see vote bank (In not implementing the NRC findings). “We have taken the work on NRC in our hands. This is an order of the Supreme Court and we shall execute it,” Shah told a euphoric audience. “SC ka orderlagoo karke inko chinhit karke chodhenge (We shall implement the apex court’s order and shall identify each and every one of the infiltrators),” Shah said.
Addressing the AICC president as Rahul Baba throughout his speech at the JK Stadium in Kakroli, Rajsamand, Shah took on the Congress on the issues of the Supreme Court observation on the SC/ST act. He said that the Congress and the Opposition blamed the decision on government when it was a court-issued order. He said that the Narendra Modi government has reversed the court judgment in the favour of the community.
Shah tore into Rahul Gandhi every time he sought to take the attack to the Congress camp. He took on Gandhi in response to the state Congress chief Sachin Pilot who has decided to lob a question at BJP each of the 40 days chief minister Vasundhara Raje would be touring the state on her rath.The national BJP president didn’t choose to answer Pilot. Instead, national BJP president Amit Shah took the attack one notch higher and aimed for his counterpart in the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, by seeking answers to issues that have taken the centre stage in the national polity, the most recent being, the implementation of the National Register of Citizens of India. As many as 40 lakh people found themselves out of the NRC in the draft report released recently triggering an outcry over the report’s implementation.