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Amit Shah to clarify stance on NRC in West Bengal on Tuesday

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  • Shah’s visit to the state comes just days after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met Shah on 20 September
  • Banerjee told Shah that the NRC was 'not needed' in her state

New Delhi: Amid staunch opposition, union home minister Amit Shah will visit West Bengal on Tuesday to clarify his party’s and the Centre’s stance on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as well as the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

New Delhi: Amid staunch opposition, union home minister Amit Shah will visit West Bengal on Tuesday to clarify his party’s and the Centre’s stance on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as well as the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

While the issues have been a bone of contention between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led state government in West Bengal, Shah, who has reiterated several times the need for a pan-India NRC, is unlikely to deviate from his stance.

While the issues have been a bone of contention between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led state government in West Bengal, Shah, who has reiterated several times the need for a pan-India NRC, is unlikely to deviate from his stance.

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Shah’s visit to the state on both issues comes just days after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee met the home minister in the National Capital on 20 September, telling him that the NRC was “not needed" in her state.

Banerjee, who had mounted a strong opposition to the NRC in Assam, had said she also flagged several irregularities in the exercise in Assam to the home minister.

The TMC and BJP have locked horns over the exercise, with Banerjee challenging the Centre to “even try and touch two citizens of Bengal."

While the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 aims to provide citizenship to those who had been forced to seek shelter in India because of religious persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries, it primarily includes Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. On the other hand, the NRC – the final list of which was released in Assam on 31 August as per the Assam Accord – seeks to detect and deport illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

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