New Delhi, Aug 12: BJP leader Mahendra Nath Pandey on Sunday said that the government will grant citizenship to those who came to India as refugees “be he a Hindu, Christian, Muslim or a Buddhist”. Speaking at a press conference after the state executive committee meeting in Assam, the BJP leader said, “…But we will throw out the infiltrators. We care about Indians. We don’t care about infiltrators.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview to news agency ANI, had assured that “no citizen of India will have to leave the country. As per the due process, all possible opportunities will be given to get their concerns addressed.” He had also attacked Mamata Banerjee for alleging discrimination against the Biharis and Bengalis and warning of “civil war” following the publication of NRC.

“Those who have lost faith in themselves, fear loss of popular support and lack faith in our institutions can use words like ‘civil war’,‘blood bath’ and ‘Desh Ke Tukde Tukde.’ Evidently, they are disconnected from the pulse of the nation,” he had said.

This came a day after West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress workers organised rallies and wore black badges as they raised their pitch against the publication of the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The rallies were held in all the districts except Kolkata, which the Trinamool left out of the list displaying political courtesy as BJP chief Amit Shah held a rally.

The Trinamool workers held posters and banners, attacking the BJP and the publication of the NRC, from where 40 lakh names were left out last month. Senior Trinamool leaders, ministers and other functionaries took part in the rallies. Following his rally, the Trinamool alleged that he insulted the state and demanded an apology within 72 hours else “he would be liable for a legal action”.

Amit Shah has insulted, disrespected Bengal today. He does not understand Bengal and its people. He has no knowledge of its tradition and culture. We are a healthy culture and he has insulted our culture too. All that he said was blatant lies. He must apologise within 72 hours. We are giving him time till Sunday, else we will take legal action against him,” Derek O’Brien said.