BJP trying to revive pain of partition again through CAA, NRC, NPR: Kanhaiya Kumar
Kolkata, Jan 23: CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Thursday claimed that the BJP is trying to revive the pain of partition among the country's populace again through CAA, NRC and NPR and divide the people on religious lines. He said it is very painful to be homeless, whether it be during the partition of 1947, or in the 1990's when Kashmiri pandits had to leave the valley.
"The NRC process in Assam has put the BJP in a bind since about 16 lakh, of the total 19 lakh people who could not prove their citizenship, are non-Muslims. "That is why the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was brought to confuse the Hindus," Kumar said at a seminar to commemorate the birth centenary of Communist leader Indrajit Gupta.
In a show of unity among political parties with different ideologies in their opposition to CAA, NRC and NPR, the seminar was addressed by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pradip Bhattacharya, CPI(M) Politburo member Mohammed Salim, CPI(ML) Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, apart from Kumar.
The former JNU students' union president said that there is "no problem" in showing papers and documents, but the government must ensure jobs and provide for other basic needs after the people do that.
"Farmers are committing suicide when onion is sold at Rs 200 per kg in the retail markets? Where is the money going?" he asked.
Kumar accused the BJP of creating confusion over CAA, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) so that people forget about the issues like price rise and unemployment.
"Whoever speaks up against BJP are termed anti- national by them without any evidence whatsoever," he claimed.
Kumar claimed that the saffron party has termed many respected persons including Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi anti-national since they had opposed the policies of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
Narendra Modi became the prime minister of the country from a 'chaiwala' (tea seller) because of democracy, but now he wants to do away with it, Kumar alleged.
"Modi is behaving like Kalidasa, he wants to cut the tree branch on which he is sitting," Kumar said.
CPI(M) leader Mohammed Salim said that the Constitution assures dignity of individuals, but "the Modi government was doing away with that through the contentious CAA, NRC and NPR".
"People of the country are socially integrated, but the BJP is trying to divide them on religious lines," he alleged.
Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya also accused Union Home Minister Amit Shah of misleading the Rajya Sabha by saying that all parties had supported the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill when it was passed in the Select Committee. Bhattacharya, who was a member of the committee, claimed that he had given a dissent note.
"Modi and Shah are trying to build a wall between Ishwar and Allah, but if the Berlin wall could be brought down, this wall can also be dismantled," he said. CPI(ML) Liberation leader Dipankar Bhattacharya claimed that the Constitution is being turned upside down by the BJP through the CAA, NRC and NPR. "We are passing through difficult times and the Constitution is under attack," he added.