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When Manmohan and Mamata backed CAA, NRC

The vandalism in West Bengal is state sponsored and it is a anybody’s guess who is sponsoring the destruction of public property in Uttar Pradesh. The opposition which has been on the mat thought it had a window of opportunity to pin down the government on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without going into the nuances. The frustration and the seeping anger against the government was so strong that it vented itself by burning public property and vandalism without any cause.

Mamta Banerjee is so consumed by the hatred against the central government that she is not even aware of the CAA and what it entails. For her, CAA is an opportunity to vent her frustration and helplessness to oppose a legislation which harms no Bharatiya citizen, let alone a Bengali.

On 4th August, 2005, Mamta had submitted her resignation to the then Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee after throwing a bunch of papers at the speakers podium. “I have submitted my resignation”, Mamta had told reporters outside parliament. “Illegal migrants from Bangladesh are also a part of the voters list West Bengal. The state government has done nothing about it. Therefore, the issue must be discussed,” she had remarked.

Now, as the Chief Minister of the same state, she has done a complete somersault and is opposing the NRC tooth and nail. The BJP’s mega rally in support of CAA led by its working President is a step in the right direction to counter the slander campaign of Mamta. In UP, which has seen deaths and protests, it requires no one’s guess who is fomenting and inciting arson, looting and fear mongering. Parties that are out of power are venting out their frustration in an attempt to pander to their vote bank.

The political parties that had been done and dusted in the 2019 election and were lying low in the face of Modi onslaught lost no time in playing vote bank politics in opposing the CAB when it was being passed in parliament and CAA when it became a law without an inkling of its merits and demerits.

Lutyen’s Delhi ,the Khan market gang and a section of the media associated with it, which needs no mention, not only joined in the protests but left no stone unturned in instigating and fueling fires without making the public aware of the nuances of the act which has nothing to do with any Bharatiya.

On its part, the government could have launched an awareness campaign as the bill was being moved in both the houses so that the misinformation campaign and fear mongering could have been nipped in the bud.

In 2003, Dr Manmohan Singh, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha, had advocated giving citizenship to persecuted Hindus and other communities who were in minority in countries like Bangladesh and had taken shelter in Bharat. He had urged the then Home Minister, Shri L K Advani, to look into this issue. So why is the Congress making such a hue and cry about the CAA which seeks to do just that without infringing on the rights of any Bharatiya.

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Aman Gupta
Political Editor, Samast Bharat magazine


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