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TMC misleading Muslims on CAA to serve vested interest: BJP minority cell nat''l chief

TMC misleading Muslims on CAA to serve vested interest: BJP minority cell nat''l chief
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Kolkata, Nov 9 (PTI) BJP Minority Cell national

president Haji Jamal Siddiqui on Monday accused the ruling TMC

of treating Muslims as its vote bank and said minorities were

being misguided by the ruling party on the issue of

Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) implementation.

Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "treated

all sections of the society equally" with the aim of realising

''Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'', Siddiqui, who was

here to look into the functioning of his party''s minority

morcha in the state, said the TMC dispensation has pursued

"politics of division and not of development".

"Minorities in Bengal have been betrayed for the last

several decades in West Bengal. First, it was Congress, then

the Left Front and then the TMC, all of them have done nothing

for the development of minorities in the state.

"The TMC, for their vested interest, has misled and

misguided the minorities on the issue of CAA," Siddiqui said

at a press conference here.

The new citizenship law emerged as a flashpoint last

year, with the TMC opposing the contentious legislation tooth

and nail, and the BJP pressing for its implementation.

The state had witnessed widespread violent protests

last December over the matter.

"The CAA doesn''t take anyone''s citizenship, it grants

citizenship to refugees. But parties like the TMC have

misguided people on the issue. The minorities now have very

well understood that the TMC, for the last ten years, has used

them as its vote bank. The minorities in the next assembly

polls will reject the TMC, lock, stock and barrel," he said.

Claiming that minorities have been deprived of basic

amenities in the rural areas of Bengal, Siddiqui said people

wanted development from the TMC government, but they got

"betrayal in return".

Reacting to the allegations, senior TMC leader and MP

Sougata Roy said Siddiqui is not aware of ground realities.

"He should visit villages and check the list of

various developmental projects undertaken for minorities to

know what the TMC government has done for them," Roy said.

Minorities, which comprise nearly 30 per cent of the

state''s electorate, are a deciding factor in almost 110 of 294

assembly seats, spread across various districts of the state.

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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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