Several leaders from the West Bengal BJP lashed out at Mamata Banerjee-led TMC for their stance on the Centre's decision on the CAA and NRC
Kolkata: BJP in West Bengal has broken its silence over Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government in the state. BJP vice-president Chandra Kumar Bose said that he has suggested to party leadership that with a little modification to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the entire opposition campaign will fizzle out.
"Once a Bill has been passed as an Act, it is binding on the state governments, that is the legal position, but in a democratic country you cannot thrust any Act on the citizens of our country," Bose told reporters.
"I have suggested to my party leadership that with a little modification, the entire opposition campaign will fizzle out. We need to state that it is meant for persecuted minorities specifically, we should not mention any religion. Our approach should be different," he added.
On Sunday, BJP lawmaker Soumitra Khan had also said that the "intellectuals" who are against CAA and NRC are "dogs" of Trinamool Congress (TMC) and added those people are being paid by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee's government.
Addressing a gathering in Basirhat, Khan said, "The intellectual persons who are being paid by the state government and are not supporting this (the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens) are the dogs of Trinamool."
Khan, the Lok Sabha MP from Bishnupur, had quit the TMC and joined the BJP ahead of Lok Sabha elections last year.
Banerjee has been protesting the CAA and the NRC, stating that she would not allow both in the state.
Earlier, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has described the "intellectuals" opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) as "spineless", "devils" and "parasites".
"The intellectuals who are opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act are spineless. They are devils and parasites," he had said.
CAA grants citizenship to the non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014.
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