Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Christian Forum on Friday termed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah’s remark promising removal of every infiltrator except Buddhist, Hindus and Sikhs from the country a direct attack on identity and integrity of the nation as a secular state.

Making a unanimous observation, the forum also demanded an apology from Amit Shah and the BJP especially to minority communities of the country, which ‘felt persecuted by the statement’.

Amit Shah, while addressing a Lok Sabha Elections 2019 rally in Raiganj of West Bengal on Thursday, had said that the BJP will ensure implementation of the National Register of Citizen (NRC) across the country. “We’ll ensure implementation of NRC in country. We’ll remove every single infiltrator from country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs,” he had asserted while calling illegal immigrants termites who are ‘eating the grain that should go to the poor’.

“The illegal immigrants are like termites. They are eating the grain that should go to the poor, they are taking our jobs. The T in TMC stands for Tushtikaran, (appeasement), M for Mafia and C for Chit funds,” the BJP national president had said.

Alleging that the Trinamool government in the state was only interested in appeasing minorities, Shah said the party’s downfall will begin on May 23 when the BJP bags 23 Lok Sabha seats from Bengal. He had said no matter how much chief minister Mamata Banerjee opposed NRC, the BJP was committed to bringing it in West Bengal like Assam.

Earlier last year, the BJP national president had said that India isn’t a ‘Dharamshala’ where illegal immigrants can come and settle down, claiming that only Indians had the right to the country’s resources. “NRC should not be seen by connecting it with the BJP only. It is a way to solve the country’s basic problems. How is it possible that anyone can come and settle down here? The country cannot run like this. Those who are its citizens should stay here only and they only have the right to the resources of this country,” he had added.