Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, addressed the NRC-Jagaran Abhiyan in Kolkata on October 1, speaking to the gathered audience on the NRC in Assam, among other matters. Shah made a declaration that no country would allow any infiltrators, and countered the narrative of Mamata Banerjee who has opposed the NRC. Shah said that when Banerjee was not Chief Minister, she was against the infiltration of foreigners in the country. However, he added that the reason for Banerjee's opposition to the NRC was to play 'vote-bank' politics.
'When Mamata didi was in the Trinamool Congress and was not in power, when the outsiders would vote for the Communists, this Mamata didi would only ask them to leave,' Amit Shah said.
This is Shah's first visit to West Bengal since he took the office of the Union Home Minister earlier this year. It is of utmost importance as it is being held at a time when there have allegedly been 11 deaths in the state due to the panic over the implementation of NRC in Bengal. Amit Shah, speaking of Mamata Banerjee, accused her of playing dirty politics. He stated that the CM plays 'vote-bank' politics as it benefits her in the current political scenario.
'She did not let the Parliament run. She threw her shawl on the face of the speaker. Now because they are giving her votes, they have become her vote-bank, that is why she is asking us to not throw them out.' Shah added.
Home Minister Amit Shah further speaking of the NRC asserted that no citizen of the country would be asked to leave. He further added that only undocumented people would be deported. Calling the NRC a matter of 'national security', he stated that no country would be able to run efficiently with the burden of so many people