New Delhi, Aug 12: Bharatiya Janata Party national vice president Om Mathur on Sunday said that India wouldn’t be allowed to become a “dharamshala” and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented across the country after the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
“The entire country is suffering from the problem of Bangladeshi infiltrators. There is not a single city or town which is not suffering from the problem of Bangladeshi infiltrators,” Mathur told reporters in Jhunjhunu district, adding, “the country will not be allowed to become a dharamshala” for the infiltrators.
The senior BJP leader also targeted Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying that he was not loyal to his family as the UPA government in its 10 years of the rule could not muster the courage to implement NRC, the initiative taken by former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.
He added that the NRC is not an initiative of the BJP and has been implemented in Assam on the directives of the Supreme Court. He also claimed that the BJP would form the government after the 2019 general elections.
Earlier in the day, BJP leader Mahendra Nath Pandey 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.”
The final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on July 30 and out of 3.29 crore applicants, 2.89 crore were declared eligible to be added in the complete NRC Assam draft while 40.07 lakh were left out.
Following the publication of the NRC Assam final draft, the Trinamool Congress alleged discrimination against the Biharis and Bengalis and moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the NRC draft a “big mistake” PM Modi is making. “You are dividing people. Home Minister Rajnath Singh should make an amendment,” he said.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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.”