New Delhi: Union Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday addressed a seminar on the National Register of Citizens (Amendment) Bill in Kolkata the way the state has given support for the BJP, it is clear that the state needs change and the time has come for the change.

He said that the state played an important role in helping the BJP cross the 300-seat mark for the first time in national elections which was concluded recently. “I salute the people of Bengal for their help and contribution,” he said.

He also said that the people of the state have shown their interest in a massive change by giving 18 seats to the BJP. “I am confident that my party will form the next government in West Bengal. And it will happen under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he added.

Talking about the attacks happened on his party workers during the last Lok Sabha elections, the Union Minister said the attacks on BJP workers in West Bengal have not stopped. “I want to tell you that the blood of our workers will yield results when the BJP will form the government in the state with a massive majority,” he added.

Saying that by scrapping Article 370, his government has made Kashmir an integral part of India, he said this was done as PM Modi’s tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

Attacking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for opposing the move to implement NRC in the state, Shah said Mamata didi is saying the NRC will make lakhs of Hindu settlers leave Bengal.

“There cannot be a bigger lie than this from Mamata didi. I want to tell you all that Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Christian settlers, and especially Hindus because they are highest in number, they will not be forced to leave,” he added.

He said before implementing NRC in the state, the BJP will bring Citizenship Amendment Bill which will give Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain and Christian settlers citizenship. “The TMC lawmakers did not let the Citizenship Amendment Bill clear in the Rajya Sabha,” he added.

The Union Home Minister visited Kolkata at a time when the city is swaying in festive fervour. The union minister is also scheduled to inaugurate a community Durga Puja in Salt Lake today.

To address the seminar, Shah arrived in Kolkata in the afternoon. After speaking at the seminar, he will meet party leaders and then will go to inaugurate one Puja pandal.

Shah’s address at the NRC seminar assumes significant as apprehensions ripe in West Bengal that the NRC will be implemented in the state after Assam. There have been 11 deaths in the state allegedly due to panic over the implementation of NRC in West Bengal, a news report from PTI stated.