Kolkata | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday declared that the National Register of Citizens will be extended to West Bengal and all the infiltrators will be thrown out of the country.

But before that the Citizenship (amendment) Bill will be passed to accord Indian citizenship to all Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist refugees, Shah added.

Addressing a seminar on the controversial NRC, which has hitherto been restricted to Assam, Shah said that the NRC will be implemented in West Bengal, no matter how much the Trinamool Congress opposes it.

Launching a scathing attack on TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Shah said that the ruling TMC was misleading people about the citizenship roll.

"People of Bengal are being misled about the NRC... I assure all Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain refugees they won't have to leave the country, they will get Indian citizenship and enjoy all the rights of an Indian national," he said.

Shah, however, asserted that all infiltrators will be thrown out of the country. 

The BJP president also hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for scrapping provisions of Article 370 that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, saying it will facilitate complete integration of the state into India.

Referring to Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Janasangh, the BJP's precursor, Shah said it was due to the sacrifices of the leader that West Bengal was today a part of the Indian republic. 

He also expressed confidence that the party will form the next government in West Bengal, asking people to give the BJP a chance to realise the dream of "Sonar Bangla".

"People of West Bengal have expressed their desire for change by giving us 18 seats in the last Lok Sabha elections. BJP is going to form a government in the leadership of Narendra Modi ji in West Bengal in the next polls," Shah told the gathering.

Expressing anguish over the killing of BJP workers in political violence, Shah said: "Even (Lok Sabha) election results have not ended the atrocities on our workers. Over 30 activists have been killed. I assure that our workers' sacrifice will pay a dividend in the next state elections."

He said people faced hardships in celebrating Durga Puja, Saraswati Puja, and Vasant Panchami prior to the Lok Sabha elections which changed. "You give us 18 seats and now no one can dare to put a ban on Durga puja, Saraswati puja etc," he said.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta