NRC issue and BJP’s dual stand

Pandurang Mhaske
Sunday, 29 December 2019

He said, “I want to tell the people of India that ever since my government came into power till now, there has been no discussion on NRC anywhere. We had to implement it in Assam just to follow Supreme Court directives.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) agenda is to confuse the people, divide them and implement their own ideology, which is ‘Hindu Rashtra’. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent statement at a massive BJP rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan was a part of this agenda.

He said, “I want to tell the people of India that ever since my government came into power till now, there has been no discussion on NRC anywhere. We had to implement it in Assam just to follow Supreme Court directives.”

Soon after that, his statement was criticised across the nation as it was contradicting with Home Minister Amit Shah’s comments. This statement categorically negates what Amit Shah has been saying since the last two years that a nationwide NRC will be prepared soon. 

Earlier this month, taking part in a debate over the Citizenship Amendment Act in Lok Sabha, Amit Shah said, “You should keep this in mind that NRC will be implemented.” In an election rally in Jharkhand, he had even set a deadline for NRC which was 2024.

After this, all the political leaders in Maharashtra called Modi ‘a liar’ and said that the PM and BJP are trying to confuse the citizens of India and want to divide them on the basis of the religion. So that there would be a polarisation of votes and that would help the party in the next elections.

In fact, the promise of a nationwide NRC found a place in the BJP manifesto of 2019. Even after that if Modi is saying that there was no discussion over NRC, he is clearly lying. The opposition parties have claimed that this is a clever and systematic strategy to create a Hindu Rashtra, as envisaged by the RSS.

Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar had said, “There was a discussion over the NRC in Parliament and now the BJP is denying it. I was there in Rajya Sabha when Home Minister Amit Shaha had announced it. It is impossible that any amendment in law takes place without discussion during the cabinet meeting.” 

“It was mentioned even in the president’s speech in parliament that the government is going to implement NRC. How are they denying it now?” asked Pawar.

On this, NCP leader and MP Praful Patel said that he was also present in the Rajya Sabha when CAB was passed. “I too took part in the debate, which is on record,” Patel said. 
 
Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said that the BJP has its own agenda to confuse people. “Every time BJP leaders make a statement, they contradict with each other. They are clearly diverting the public attention from major issues to such sensitive issues like NRC and CAA,” said Chavan.

Congress Committee State President Balasaheb Thorat also said that the BJP wants to play with the sentiments of the people to rule the country.

NCP Mumbai President Nawab Malik and a spokesperson said that the BJP’s style of functioning is to throw a stone in the water to check the water level. “The issue of NRC is on the same line. Why does the government want to divide the people over religion?” he asked. “They are polarising the voters and making their vote bank much stronger to face next elections,” he added.  

Prakash Ambedkar, leader of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is claiming that there are no detention centres in the country, however, his ministers informed the Lok Sabha numerous times that there are six such centres in Assam. “There are two such detention centres at Kharghar and Nerul in Navi Mumbai also. These centres can accommodate 2,000 people. The government is saying the centres are for drug addicts. Are there these many drug addicts in the vicinity of Mumbai or in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR)?” he asked.

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