Interestingly, the Home Minister revived the issue of the Citizenship
Amendment Act (CAA), warning chief minister Mamata Banerjee
that her opposition to citizenship
for refugees from erstwhile Bangladesh would cost her the seat of power in West Bengal.
"Why are you opposing citizenship
for these refugees. People of Bengal want to know," Amit Shah
said. "I want to tell Mamata Didi, your opposition to CAA will prove costly. When the ballot boxes open, then you will see that Bengal's people have turned you into a political refugee. You opposition to CAA will prove very costly for you."
"I saw Mamata's face that day. She was fuming and she was red-faced. She was so angry, she forgot civility. I have never seen anyone so angry before. I want to know what wrong the refugees have done to her," Shah added. He referred to CAA today after many weeks. The National
Register of Citizens (NRC) has been put on the back burner by the Union Govenrment but Banerjee has been hitting out at the union government and alleging that whenever it is introduced, it will be used to harass Muslims or even render them stateless.
Shah also said that the 18 seats that BJP won in Bengal were far more important that the total 303 it won across the country.
“This is the only state where violence in politics
is the only way to survive,” said Amit Shah
and added, "since 2014, over 100 BJP workers lost their lives in political battle here in West Bengal. I pay my respect to their families as they've contributed to development of Sonar Bangla."
He added, “We seek your support for Modi ji and we are happy that you have done the same in Lok Sabha too. I want to make you believe that we have come here not for a political fight but we are here to strengthen the party and the culture of Bengal. We want to improve and revive the culture of Bengal.”