New Delhi, Jan 11 (GCCurrentAffairs) Hours after the government issued a formal notification on the new Citizenship law, sources in the ruling BJP say the timing is perfect as the party has ‘prepared ground for solid counter narratives’ to all the opposition charges.
Contrary to a perception that things (issuing of notification on CAA) were delayed owing to large scale protest against the law, insiders said while the campaign momentum against it has ‘waned’ down a bit unlike third week of December, in the meantime the party has put its campaign strategy ready.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 10th day of January 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force”, a Gazette notification issued by Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday night.
In north east and eastern India, where the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act started initially, BJP chief Amit Shah has entrusted the campaign responsibilities to Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and former West Bengal unit chief Rahul Sinha.
In fact, Mr Sinha has been made in ‘CAA-related campaign in charge’ of Odisha, Jharkhand and the north east besides Bengal.
Mr Shah has also directed vocal MPs and Ministers including the likes of Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani and Prakash Javadekar to travel to various parts of the country.
BJP’s MP Swapan Dasgupta has been also asked to focus on CAA-related campaign with intellectuals and students in West Bengal.
In all these campaign, essentially the party leaders have been directed to focus on door-to-door campaign to highlight the positive features of the CAA and do away with ‘misgivings’ those have been generated by the opposition campaign.
According to sources, among others working president J P Nadda and party vice president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe actively assisted Mr Shah in preparing the party’s campaign on CAA.
It was only after concerted consultation that on December 30, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself, in a tweet, launched the counter campaign on the micro blogging site using the hashtag “IndiaSupportsCAA”.
The BJP also on its Twitter handle put out a missive calling it a ‘myth buster’ on the same hashtag.
“No foreigners will get citizenship automatically by the Act. A prescribed authority will scrutinise each application submitted for citizenship and only those persons complying with criteria specified in the Act will be granted Indian citizenship,” the party said.
In another ‘myth buster’ Tweet, the saffron party has said: “Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is applicable to the whole country. Persons facing religious persecution are not settled only in Assam. They are staying in other parts of the country as well”.