The Bharatiya Janata Party on March 23 said that the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be implemented “in letter and spirit”.
BJP president JP Nadda told reporters in Guwahati on March 23 that the act will be implemented soon.
Nadda’s comments comes close on the heels of Union home minister Amit Shah’s announcement in West Bengal that CAA will be implemented in the state.
Notably, the contentious act did not find any mention in the BJP manifesto released on March 23 by JP Nadda for poll-bound Assam.
Countering Congress claim that will repeal the law, Nadda said the citizenship law is a central legislation and the Congress is fooling the people of Assam.
The CAA seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis excluding Muslims entering India on or before December 31, 2014, from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after five years of residence in India.
Talking about the issue of infiltration, the BJP president said that the party is committed to strengthening and scientific management of the international borders. “Border management is a continuous process and we will continue to improve it,” he said.