New Delhi, December 1: Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stoked a row on Sunday while airing his dissent towards the Centre-proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) drive. The lawmaker from West Bengal ended up calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah as "ghuspethiya intruders", stating that they belong to Gujarat but have settled in Delhi. NRC in Assam Is Tool To 'Target Minorities', Says US Panel.
Chowdhury said that the nation belongs to all everyone and none can claim their exclusive ownership on India. He reiterated that his party would strongly be protesting against the NRC, adding that there are fears that the citizenship drive may render people stateless. 'NRC Not Matter of Concern, PM Modi Has Assured Me', Says Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina.
"India is for everyone. Is India anyone's (exclusive) property? Everyone has equal rights. Amit Shah and Narendra Modi themselves are intruders. Their home is in Gujarat but they have come to Delhi," the Berhampore MP said.
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#WATCH Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury:.. Hindustan sab ke liye hai, ye Hindustan kisi ki jageer hai kya? Sabka samaan adhikaar hai. Amit Shah ji, Narendra Modi ji aap khud ghuspetiye hain. Ghar aapka Gujarat agaye Dilli, aap khud migrant hain. pic.twitter.com/zrCaSfPF7v
— ANI (@ANI) December 1, 2019
Amit Shah, while addressing the Parliament last month, said the Centre has decided to implement a nationwide NRC to identify illegal immigrants. The drive, he added, is necessitated to prevent immigrants from reaping benefits which should be provided to the citizens of the country.
Attempting to allay the Opposition's concerns, the Home Minister told the Rajya Sabha that his government would not be acting partially against any particular community. "This will be a just and impartial exercise. No community or individual needs to fear," he had said.