New Delhi: BJP’s national working president J P Nadda on Monday kicked off a massive rally from Hind cinema in central Kolkata in support of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. He was accompanied by senior BJP leaders, including West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh and national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya.

The pro-CAA march will culminate at Shyambazar of West Bengal, stated a report. Addressing a huge crowd during the rally, Nadda, as quoted by news agency ANI, said, “Huge crowd here shows people are in support of Citizenship Act. West Bengal CM is just doing vote-bank politics by opposing the Act. She should see huge support for Act and understand that people have rejected vote-bank politics.” With the chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee expressing her opposition to the new law, the issue of CAA has been a major flashpoint in Bengal politics.

The BJP working President took a dig at the Congress party by stating that Congress is only concerned about their vote bank and are not worried about the country. He also claimed that the people of West Bengal support the CAA and hailed them as ‘desh-bhakts’. Nadda was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “Today, we have seen that Bengal stands with Modi ji and it welcomes the Citizenship Amendment Act. The people of Bengal are ‘desh-bhakts’.”

According to news agency ANI, during the pro-CAA rally in Kolkata, Nadda quoted former Prime minister Manmohan Singh’s statement to senior BJP leader LK Advani: “After Partition minorities in countries like Bangladesh faced persecution. It’s our moral obligation that if our circumstances force people should seek refugee in our country, our approach to grant citizenship should be there.”

West Bengal had witnessed violent protests and arson against the CAA and the proposed nationwide implementation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) during December 13 to 17.

(With agency inputs)