Bharatiya Kisan Morcha national president and BJP MP Virendra Singh Mast, speaking to reporters at his parliamentary office in Sonbarsa, Ballia on Tuesday, attacked the opposition parties fiercely. He said that before independence, Mohammad Ali Jinnah used to call the Congress a party of Hindus and MK Gandhi a leader of Hindus. “Similarly, now parties like the INC, SP, BSP, left parties, TMC, etc are calling BJP the party of Hindus and Narendra Modi and Amit Shah leaders of Hindus,” Mast said.
Mast said, “Our government and our party are repeatedly saying that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is a law not to take away citizenship but to give citizenship. But the opposing parties are running a movement against the law with money from the enemies of the country. This truth emerged before the nation on Monday with certified facts.”
The BJP had promised before the election, Mast said, to remove Article 370 from Kashmir, to implement the Supreme Court’s decision on the Ram temple in Ayodhya and to bring the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Based on this, he said, the people of the country gave a majority to form the government. “Now by implementing what we had promised, we have laid the foundation of the tradition of increasing people’s trust in the election manifesto,” the BJP MP said.
“We have tried to show that the BJP does what it says. For the INC, SP, BSP, TMC, left parties, etc, the election manifesto is just rhetoric that they forget after the election. Now we have stopped it. This is our tradition of trust politics,” the MP said.
He said that at the time of Partition, 23% of Hindus were in West Pakistan, 28% in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Only 9% of Muslims remained in India. “Today the population of Hindus in Pakistan is 1% and 1.5% in Bangladesh. The number of Muslims in our country has increased to 23%. Parties opposing the CAA will have to answer why this happened. Otherwise, the people of this country will not forgive them,” Mast asserted.
The MP said that 85% of Hindus who sought refuge in India after being persecuted in Pakistan or Bangladesh were Dalits. “In such a situation, opposition to the CAA means these opposing parties are also anti-Dalit,” Mast said, toeing the line of argument of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
The BJP MP said, “The people of the country have come to know the reality of these parties. Their screaming and protesting make no difference.”