“I’m asking my Matua brothers and sisters… how lengthy have you ever been in Bengal? You are safe and safe under this state authorities. Matuas are already residents. Then, why will the BJP feed (you) the Citizenship Bill just like the “Moa candy” (a Bengali dessert). After the Citizenship Bill will probably be utilized, you’ll have no land/no id,” she mentioned, including that so long as the TMC is in energy, the BJP won’t be allowed to declare “anybody residing within the state”, a non-citizen.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is more likely to go to the Matua group headquarters in Bongaon on January 30 to speak to the group leaders who’ve been elevating questions on the non-implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Bongao MP, and one of many outstanding Matua leaders, Shantanu Thakur had written to the Central Government twice in current months for the implementation of CAA. However, Thakur clarified final week that he was hopeful that the BJP will fulfil the demand and that he won’t assist “those that oppose it”.
During his final go to to Bengal, Shah mentioned that the CAA will probably be rolled out after the vaccination course of will get accomplished, and had blamed the delay on Covid-19. Many vital workouts reminiscent of Census 2021 have additionally been postponed as a consequence of Covid-19.
Meanwhile, talking at Nadia, which has a major Matua inhabitants, Banerjee mentioned the TMC has given the Matuas water, training and electrical energy.
“In all of the 96 colonies, refugees have obtained pattas (free maintain title-deeds). I’ve taken out lots of rallies with the refugees. Around 1.5 lakh individuals will obtain pattas, wherever they are staying. We may also give 5,000 pattas,” she mentioned. She additionally warned them “to not make Bengal one other Assam the place many Bengalis haven’t been named within the NRC,” she mentioned.
The Matua group, largely Hindu refugees who’ve migrated to India from Bangladesh after 1971, is concentrated largely within the North and South 24 Parganas, with some unfold throughout Cooch Behar, Uttar Dinajpur, Malda and Nadia.
Permanent citizenship had been a long-standing demand of the Matuas, also called namasudras labeled as SCs.
General secretary of Bengal BJP, Pratap Banerjee, mentioned the CM was deceptive the individuals on what the CAA was, and mentioned she was on the defensive as a result of she had not accomplished a lot for the group.
“Why hasn’t she accomplished something to offer dignity to the Matuas all these years? She had ten years. The PM has assured the Matuas that they are going to be given citizenship respectfully, which is what additionally they have been asking for.”
The CM added that the nation is observing a meals disaster and famine due to the “adamant” method of the BJP to the continued agitation by farmers for withdrawal of the three new farm legal guidelines. Calling the BJP a “junk” occasion for inducting “rotten” leaders from different political outfits, she mentioned the supporters of BJP will behave like Donald Trump supporters once they lose the Bengal election.