Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh while lauding India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat approach, said that the implementation of the Citizen Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 in the nation especially North East should not be a problem for the Centre. He stressed that the identity of the people should be addressed on the apt forum.
Speaking to ANI, Singh said, “The inner line permit and CAA should not be a problem in the nation, especially in northeast India and West Bengal. This is the era of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment). We are trying to get to the USD 5 trillion economy. We also depend on the Aatmanirbhar Bharat and Vocal for Local. This is the unique character and approach based on Mahatma Gandhi’s rural economy and self-reliance. The miniature identity should be addressed on the proper forum and so we should not be stuck to that.”
When asked if the implementation of CAA in the North East and West Bengal would be a challenge for the Centre, Singh said that the issues pertaining to it should be regulated through the rules and regulations.
Seeking support for the CAA in West Bengal as against the stand of the state government on the issue, Singh said that the opposition by the Mamata government to the implementation of the legislation in the state is a “political issue”. “These are the political issues. If we have the totality of national feelings, they should support the government of India,” he said.
Talking about the special treatment given by PM Modi to the northeast, the Minister said that he has expressed his aspirations to make NE India a “new engine for growth” of the nation.
“Earlier, the whole of northeast India was treated as insurgency prone and development was not feasible. That kind of status was given. But after 2014, PM Modi took northeast India in special attention and also he very frequently expressed his aspirations that northeast India is a new engine for the growth of the nation. More than 250 ethnic communities are settled in NE India. We have over 250 dialects. Along with that, we have a huge indigenous knowledge system,” he said.
BJP committed to implementing CAA: Sarma
PTI: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the BJP is committed to implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act and it is a matter of time that its rules are framed.
It is a Hindu’s legitimate right to become a citizen in his or her motherland and the BJP fully stands by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), he said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit here.
Asked why the rules for the Act had not been framed yet, Sarma pointed out that there were people protesting against the CAA and thereafter, the coronavirus pandemic came.
“It is in the process, but the BJP remains committed. The Parliament has passed the legislation, it is a matter of time when you see CAA rules,” he said.
Sarma also rejected the argument that the saffron party uses it as a poll plank, saying people who would vote because of CAA would not even account for two to three parliamentary seats in the country’s landscape.
“CAA is part of our commitment, it is part of our ideology. We will implement it. Somebody questioned ‘where is Ram Mandir, when it will come’, you have seen Ram Mandir now, somebody has questioned ‘when Article 370 will go’, it has gone. The same way you will see UCC (Uniform Civil Code) coming, the same way you will see CAA coming,” he said.