Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the process of granting Indian Citizenship (Amendment) Act, including to the Matua community of West Bengal, will begin after the process of Covid vaccination ends.
The home minister made the statement during his one-day whirlwind tour of the poll-bound West Bengal. Shah addressed a rally in the bastion of the Matua community.
Accusing the opposition parties of misleading the minorities about the CAA, he said its implementation will not impact the citizenship status of Indian minorities.
Taking a dig at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Shah said that the BJP always fulfils the promises it makes.
He also said that Banerjee will not be in a position to oppose the implementation of the CAA as she will cease to be the chief minister after assembly polls likely in April-May this year.
Matuas, originally from East Pakistan, are weaker section Hindus who migrated to India during the Partition and after the creation of Bangladesh. Many of them have been accorded Indian citizenship but a sizeable section of the population has not.