Posted on December 23, 2019, 1:21 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will counter CM Mamata Banerjee’s anti-CAA rally with its own pro rally in West Bengal. The pro rally will be led by the party's working president JP Nadda.
Kolkata has been under fire by violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act as well as the implementation of the National Register of Citizens. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has vowed that she will not let CAB and NRC be implemented in West Bengal.
Bengal has also witnessed hostility during the stir with trains being set on fire and public property vandalised.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a pro rally on Sunday to address and educate the nation on the recent developments. He cleared that the law has been made into effect to give exclusive rights to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries and does not snatch anybody's national birth rights, he also made an appeal for peace.
On the upcoming National Register of Citizens, Modi sought to calm the apprehensions, especially among the Indian Muslims, saying his government has never thought of implementation of the said law since coming to power for the first time in 2014. It has been discussed neither in Parliament nor in the Cabinet, he added.
"Since my government first came to power in 2014, I want to tell 130 crore countrymen, there has never been a discussion on this NRC," he said, noting that it was done only in Assam due to a Supreme Court order.