CAA implementation ahead of Lok Sabha polls ‘dirty vote bank politics’ of BJP: Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal claims that the BJP stands to gain in the coming elections as poor minorities from the neighbouring countries settling in India will become its vote bank

Updated - March 13, 2024 04:40 pm IST

Published - March 13, 2024 03:13 pm IST - New Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference on the implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, in New Delhi on March 13, 2024.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference on the implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, in New Delhi on March 13, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 13 said the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) ahead of the Lok Sabha polls was a “dirty vote bank politics” of the BJP and asserted that people want this law to be repealed.

With this law, the BJP-led government at the Centre has opened the floodgates for the arrival of a large number of poor minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh into India, he said at a press conference.

“There are 3.5 crore minorities in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The BJP wants to spend the money of our people in settling poor migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh by giving them houses and jobs here,” charged Mr. Kejriwal, who is also the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener.

He claimed that the BJP stands to gain in the coming elections as poor minorities from the neighbouring countries settling in India will become its vote bank. Implementation of the CAA ahead of the Lok Sabha polls was a “dirty vote bank politics” of the BJP, Mr. Kejriwal said.

The country demands scrapping of CAA, he said and asked people to vote against the BJP if the law is not repealed.

The Citizenship Amendment Act seeks to grant citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014.

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