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.
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.
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.
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.
BJP MP Shantanu Thakur’s statement came at a time when his party's national leadership appears to ‘dodge’ the issue of Hindu migrants’ citizenship.
Mamata was addressing a rally in Bongaon in North 24 Parganas district where the concentration of Hindu refugees is high.
A tight security blanket was thrown in the area in view of the BJP leader's visit and all shops were closed before he reached it.
The CM also announced to set up a development board for the people who belong to the scheduled caste community and a cultural board for the people from backward and underprivileged classes.
Sources in the BJP said Shah’s schedule was designed in the wake of the ruling TMC's aggressive campaign against the saffron party's handling of the Hathras case.