It seems the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) continue to get in the skin of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It can be confirmed through it deleting one of its most controversial tweets of Amit Shah on Thursday, 19 December.
During the Lok Sabha elections, in one of his campaigns in the first week of April, Home Minister Amit Shah had caused controversy when he said that his party would ensure the implementation of NRC in the entire country. The operative being his addition of this line in his statement, “We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs” – a clear exclusion of Muslims.
— Citizen Derek | নাগরিক ডেরেক (@derekobrienmp) December 19, 2019
However, now BJP seemed to have silently deleted the tweet containing the controversial statement to tame the fire. It does pose some extreme questions in the current given circumstances.
Why did the BJP want to keep a distance from Shah’s controversial remarks? Is Shah’s remarks coming in the way of BJP’s damage control efforts in the wake of the protests?
Since April, Shah has been saying that the government’s plan lies in executing a nationwide NRC. The protests gripping several states has stressed both CAA and the CAA in conjunction with the NRC. Protests were being potentially carried out in the wake of fear of disenfranchisement of large swathes of people, particularly Muslims.
Over the past week, there have been massive protests and marches all across the country, questioning and condemning the NRC and CAA.