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Chandra Kumar Bose Bats For Muslims To Be Included In The CAA

West Bengal BJP vice president Chandra Kumar Bose has said that an “atmosphere of fear” is being created by both the ruling and opposition parties over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and urged the Centre to grant citizenship even to Muslims under the amended act.

Bose, a grandnephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah have categorically noted CAA is not based on religion. However, statements made by some other leaders are creating confusion.

“In order to deal with this, I think that this clause should be included (in the new law) that the CAA is not based on religion….and Muslims should also be included in it,” he said.

The CAA aims to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis who entered India on or before 31 December, 2014 from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, having fled religious persecution in their countries.

Now what will happen to the Muslims who had come to this country before that date? There is confusion. The Centre must take steps to remove that confusion,” Bose said.

A few state BJP leaders PTI approached declined to comment on Bose’s statements. Bose had pitched for the inclusion of Muslims in the CAA earlier also.

“If CAA, 2019 is not related to any religion why are we stating Hindu, Sikh, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, and Jains only! Why not include Muslims as well? Let’s be transparent,” he had tweeted last month. Don’t equate India or compare it with any other nation, as it’s a nation Open to all religions and communities,” he had said in another tweet.

West Bengal has been witnessing relentless protests over the CAA, a pan-India National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the updation of the National Population Register (NPR), with chief minister Mamata Banerjee leading the charge against the government on these livewires issues.

He also said the government should issue a written clarification on the issue. “An atmosphere of fear is being created on the issue of citizenship. This applies to both the ruling party and the opposition parties. Just because it (the law) has been passed by Parliament, it can’t be used to bulldoze people by ignoring the protests. The same applies to opposition parties which are deliberately misleading the masses,” he told PTI.

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