VHP to reach out to MPs seeking support for CAB

Sources in VHP said that the reason behind putting extra emphasis on reaching out to TMC is that the VHP leadership has noticed Hindu consolidation in West Bengal. (Reuters File Photo)

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided to approach MPs from all parties especially Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs to seek their support for the construction passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in Parliament and construction of the Ram Mandir.

According to sources in the VHP, the drive will start from November 25 and conclude on December 13.

“We are also planning to approach the TMC MPs at their residences in Delhi between December 1 to December 6. Apart from TMC, we will also approach MPs of other parties over the issue,” a senior VHP functionary said. The program has been named Sangsad Sampark Abhijan.

Sources in VHP said that the reason behind putting extra emphasis on reaching out to TMC is that the VHP leadership has noticed Hindu consolidation in West Bengal.

“If TMC continues to oppose the CAB as it has done earlier then it will be clear to Hindus in Bengal that the ruling party in the state has become the main obstacle in passing the Bill (CAB) which will be instrumental in granting citizenship to refugees,” said the VHP official.

According to VHP’s national assistant secretary Sachindranath Singha, the main aim of the campaign is to draw attention of the MPs to the plight of refugees and the urgent necessity of CAB.

“We will reach out to MPs across the party line. TMC MPs have been opposing the CAB due to appeasement politics. We want to ensure that they change their stand and support CAB in Parliament,” said Singha.

However, TMC sources said that it is unlikely that the party will change its stand about CAB. TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has vehemently opposed CAB and at a recent meeting in Cooch Behar district dubbed the Bill as a “trap like NRC” to exclude Bengalis and Hindus from the list of legal Indian citizens.

The CAB seeks to provide citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists from Afganisthan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who have fled from their countries due to religious persecution. The Centre is expected to table the Bill in the current session of the Parliament.

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