New Delhi: Hours after merging his party with the BJP, former Jharkhand chief minister Babulal Marandi on Monday supported the Centre’s contentious Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 and said people of the country should not be afraid of the new legislation. Also Read - Home Minister Amit Shah Welcomes Babulal Marandi as JVM(P) Merges With BJP

He also asked the minority community not to fear the CAA and called upon party workers to drive out the horror from peoples’ minds. Also Read - Jharkhand Assembly Election 2019: First Chief Minister Babulal Marandi Ahead in Dhanwar

Saying that there is nothing to fear about the CAA, Marandi said the new legislation is for Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis who had faced persecution for several years in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

“The politics in the country over CAA is instilling fear. I tell the minority community, there is nothing to fear. It is our responsibility to remove the fear from their minds,” Marandi said.

The statement from Marandi came after his party the JVM(P) merged with the BJP on Monday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda were present on the occasion.

“Only the BJP is a worker-based party and an ideology-based party. So my pasand (likeness) is towards it, so I returned,” Marandi said.

Saying that his decision to return to the BJP was not sudden, Marandi said the BJP leaders had been in touch with him ever since he left the party in September 2006.

“But due to my zidd (stubborness), I did not return. Amit Shah ji had even sent an emissary, Sunil Tiwari, during Rajya Sabha polls, asking me to return, but I refused,” Marandi said.

After his party merged with the BJP, Marandi assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah that the BJP would be stronger with the merger of his Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) with the BJP.