In a closed-door meeting in West Bengal's Kolkata on Sunday, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has asserted that not a single Hindu will have to leave the country, reported news agency PTI. Bhagwat's statement comes amid talks over NRC in West Bengal. The RSS chief reportedly alsodiscussed NRC in a closed-door meeting with the BJP and other organisations. Quoting an RSS functionary, the news agency PTI said: "Mohan Bhagwatji has clearly said that not a single Hindu will have to leave this country. He said that Hindus, who came to India after being tortured and persecuted in other nations, will stay."
According to RSS sources, several leaders present at the meeting also underlined the need for implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in West Bengal before coming out with the National Register of Citizens (NRC). "In Bengal, CAB will be implemented first, and then the NRC would be brought in. The Hindus in the state don't need to worry about it," a senior leader, who attended the meet, said. The much-awaited updated final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was released on August 31, excluding the names of over 19 lakh applicants.
Speaking to Republic TV, West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said that the NRC is Assam is as per SC verdict. He said that every Hindu has the right to be in India. He had earlier told news agency ANI: "People are being threatened in the name of NRC. We are bringing the Citizenship Bill. We will provide citizenship to all Hindus. We will speak to people about this." He re-confirmed Bhagwat's statement.
Bhagwat's comments come in the backdrop of concerns raised at the RSS' three-day annual coordination meeting with its affiliates in Rajasthan earlier this month about "several genuine people being left out of the final NRC list in Assam, majority of whom were Hindus". A BJP delegation led by state president Dilip Ghosh also attended the meeting. Bhagwat arrived in Kolkata on September 19 to take part in the two-day-long coordination meeting. This is for the first time after the Lok Sabha poll results in Bengal, which witnessed the rise of the BJP with 18 seats, that Bhagwat has chaired a mega meeting in the state.