Kolkata: The final draft of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is anticipated to be prepared by March 30 next year, according to Union Minister of State for Home, Ajay Mishra. While addressing the Matua community at Thakurnagar in West Bengal on Sunday, the minister assured that citizenship rights of Matuas, who faced religious persecution in Bangladesh, will not be taken away. Mishra mentioned that the process for implementing the CAA has gained momentum, and the final draft is expected to be ready by March next year.
The CAA aims to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who entered India before December 31, 2014. The passage of the bill in Parliament led to protests in various parts of the country, including Delhi.
In response to the Union Minister's statement, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen criticized the BJP, stating that the party only remembers Matuas and the CAA during elections. He asserted that the BJP will not be able to implement the CAA in West Bengal and accused the party of making false claims. Sen highlighted the Trinamool Congress's efforts to secure the rights of Matuas as citizens and expressed confidence that the BJP's promises would be rejected in the upcoming elections.