This is perhaps for the first time in the history of an Indian election that a leader will use foreign soil in an attempt to secure his party's vote bank.
Modi’s move is said to be a smart one ahead of the Assembly elections to woo the Matua electorates, who are a deciding factor in at least 35 seats in the north and south Bengal.
I assure you that CAA does not have any provision that takes away the citizenship of any Muslim, he added.
The Matua community wants Shah to announce the deadline of giving them citizenship by implementing the CAA, the promise that the BJP had made before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Matuas are deciding factor in 36 Assembly constituencies and majority of the community voted for the BJP in last year’s general elections.
Basu said that the deadline for framing the CAA rules has been extended, and the law wouldn't be implemented anytime before the assembly polls.
He called Vijayvargiyaji and talked to Shantanu Thakur over phone.
Shah’s Bongaon visit was a much-awaited event as Matuas wanted him to announce a deadline for giving them citizenship by implementing CAA.
On Saturday morning, Shah will be visiting Iskcon, Mayapur. Then he will be going to Thakurnagar in North 24 Parganas, a bastion of Matuas, where he will address a public rally.
Matuas are a deciding factor in 35 Assembly constituencies across the state and the BJP secured the lead in 22 in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The 1.8 crore-strong Matua community has a direct impact on almost 70 Assembly seats in Bengal. Once with the Trinamool, they shifted their allegiance to the BJP in 2019.
Shah is likely to address the Hindu refugees including the Matuas who migrated from Bangladesh on the issue of implementing the CAA, a promise that the saffron camp had made to woo them.
Mamata taps into the discontent over BJP’s silence on deadline for Act’s implementation
Discontent among the Matuas, comprising Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, has surfaced on many occasions in the past over the issue of delay in implementing the CAA.
The Matuas have been insisting that Shah visit their headquarters and let them know by when their demands for citizenship can be met.