New Delhi: BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday contended that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee‘s fear of losing minority vote bank is the reason for her opposition to the ‘historic’ Citizenship Amendment Bill. “Why does she have to oppose the historic bill? She is simply afraid of losing her minority vote bank,” the senior BJP leader was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Mamata Banerjee had earlier noted that she would approve of CAB only if the Centre grants citizenship to all the communities. “But if you discriminate on the basis of religion, we will oppose it and also fight against it,” Banerjee was quoted by a report as saying on Wednesday during a party programme in Kolkata.

Speaking in favour of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, BJP leader Vijayvargiya on Thursday said that the purpose of the bill is to offer protection to minorities and weed out infiltrators. He further stressed that the legislation should not be confused with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise. “Due to her politics of minority appeasement, the bordering districts of West Bengal have become a hub if infiltrators. This bill wants to give citizenship to Hindu refugees in the country,” said Vijayvargiya, as quoted by news agency PTI.

The legislative procedure of granting Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh came to an end after the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was approved in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Calling the passage of the citizenship bill a ‘courageous step’, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh extended greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

It must be noted that although a curfew has been imposed in Assam since Wednesday, anti-CAB protestors continued with their violent protests in Dibrugarh, stated news agency IANS. For instance, on Wednesday, the protestors pelted stones at Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal’s home, added the report. “People are coming out in large numbers. We require more forces as 4,000 to 5,000 people are gathering at some places. I have spoken to my higher-ups for reinforcements because these incidents are taking place at the same time in different places,” Dibrugarh SP Gautam Borah told news agency IANS on Thursday.