Union minister Rattan Lal Kataria with Arunachal CM Pema Khandu

Union minister Rattan Lal Kataria, who was in Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on March 5, stated that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will not have any impact on the ensuing Assam assembly elections and asserted that the ruling BJP will win the polls with overwhelming majority.

Asked what would be the effect of CAA in Assam elections following last year’s strong opposition across Assam and other Northeast states, visiting Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Rattan Lal Kataria said: “There is no opposition of CAA in Assam. Only some people with vested interests just raise their voice to serve their purpose.”

“The BJP will win the Assam and West Bengal assembly polls with overwhelming majority,” Kataria, who was on a two-day visit to Itanagar, told the media on March 5.

Citing the bold steps taken by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre to abrogate Article 370 and 35A from Jammu & Kashmir, eliminate triple talaq and bringing CAA, Rattan Lal Kataria said: “We don’t do politics of vote bank.”

Taking a jibe at Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who was seen plucking tea leaves in a garden in Biswanath district during her recent visit to the poll-bound Assam, the BJP MP from Ambala termed it as ‘nautanki’ (gimmick).

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Elections to the 126-member Assam assembly will be held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and 6. Counting of votes will take place on May 2.

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