BJP readies campaign plan over NRC in West Bengal

BJP readies campaign plan over NRC in West Bengal

The BJP leadership in West Bengal has chalked out a detailed campaign plan over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections. State BJP leaders plan to reach out to voters to make them aware mainly of the issue of illegal infiltration and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government’s “double standards” over it as well as in opposing NRC. 

Speaking to DH State BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu said that the campaign over NRC will include several “burning issues”.  First, BJP workers plan to run an awareness campaign among voters regarding the alleged persecution of minorities in Bangladesh. 

“The rapidly decreasing number of Hindus in Bangladesh is an outcome of the religious persecution of minorities,” said Basu. 

 The issue of illegal infiltration will be a key focus of the campaign. The BJP leadership will also target TMC, CPI(M) and Congress over the issue accusing them of being aloof to infiltration for “vote bank politics.” 

“The double standards of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over illegal infiltration will get exposed in the campaign. We will remind voters how she flung papers at the Deputy Speaker in Parliament in 2005 over the illegal infiltration issue. Now she is opposing NRC one of the key objectives of which is curb illegal infiltration,” said Basu.

BJP will also seek to convince the members of the minority community in West Bengal that Indian Muslims have nothing to worry about NRC. “We will counter TMC’s malicious and misleading campaign over NRC among Muslims in West Bengal,” said Basu.