BJP President Amit Shah used the renaming ceremony of Uttar Pradesh’s Mughalsarai railway station on Sunday to target the opposition over Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC), which has created a huge political controversy in the recent days. Also Read - Pakistan Minister Admitting Involvement in Pulwama Attack Reveals Truth, Says Rajnath Singh
Speaking at the event organised to officially rename Mughalsarai Junction as Deen Dayal Uphadyay Junction, which was also attended by Union minister Piyush Goyal and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Shah questioned the opposition parties over their stand on illegal immigrants in the country. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country
“Mamata Banerjee and Congress say that NRC should not be done. I ask Rahul Baba whether NRC should be conducted in the country or not. But, he does not answer. You all should tell that whether the Bangladeshi infiltrators should be pushed out (from India) or not.” Also Read - Save Bihar From 'Jungle Raj': PM Modi Slams Lalu's RJD at Darbhanga Rally
“Today I would like to ask the SP, the BSP and the Congress whether they want the infiltrators to stay in the country or they should be driven out. I know the answer of the people of UP. The answer is that not even a single infiltrator should be allowed to stay in India,” he said.
Shah also charged the opposition with playing vote bank politics over the Assam NRC issue.
“Congress’ stand in Rajya Sabha on the amended OBC bill will expose whether it was really for the backward communities,” he added.
Soon after his speech, former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha criticised Shah for using the government-funded event to ask for “votes for BJP”.
“The Mughalsarai stn renaming function was an official one arranged at govt cost. Did it behove Amit Shah to ask for votes for BJP at this function? The finest values of our democracy are being destroyed one by one, nobody even notices, much less worry (sic),” tweeted Sinha.
The century-old Mughalsarai railway station was renamed as Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay railway station in the memory of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh leader whose body was found on one of its platforms in 1968.
Shah’s remarks come a day after the Congress said it will launch a public campaign to “expose” the Centre on corruption issue, and also accused the BJP of “befooling” the people by publicising the NRC process.
“The NRC is a baby of the Congress party…The Congress party will ensure that no Indian citizens is deprived of his legitimate right. The Congress stands committed to help and assist every Indian Citizen in this endeavour,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said after the Congress Working Committee meeting.
The massive Supreme Court-monitored exercise to identify genuine Indian nationals living in Assam excluded over 40 lakh people from the draft list published on July 30, which has led to a political turmoil.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee led the opposition’s charge to attack Modi government over the issue and accused the BJP government of resorting to “divide and rule” politics and even warned that NRC draft could lead to “bloodbath” and “civil war” across the country.
On the other hand, the government clarified that this is not the final draft and those excluded from the list will be given ample time to make claims and objections.