NEW DELHI, Dec 23 - BJP president Amit Shah today questioned Congress party’s stand on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update exercise.
Continuing his attack, Shah said in Assam alone, 40 lakh infiltrators were identified. Soon Rahul Gandhi and his party started making a ruckus in the Parliament. “Why are you so worried about them? You worry about infiltrators but not for our citizens who die in bomb blasts by the infiltrators,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal could land in a tight spot soon, as the BJP has a promised a Rajya Sabha seat to Union Minister and LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan from Assam.
Two MPs from the State including former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Santius Kujur, both from Congress are retiring next June.
Today, while formally announcing the alliance between BJP, Janata Dal (U) and LJP, Shah skirted the issue but said that Paswan would be nominated from any State where Rajya Sabha seats will fall vacant next. Assam and Tamil Nadu are the two States, where Rajya Sabha seats are due to fall vacant in June and July respectively. But the BJP doesn’t have any presence in Tamil Nadu Assembly.
BJP sources confirmed that Paswan will be going into the Rajya Sabha most likely from Assam and will vacate his Hajipur Lok Sabha constituency.
According to sources, it was the deal over the Rajya Sabha seat from Assam that delayed the announcement of the alliance, as the BJP didn’t want to immediately commit a seat to Paswan, said sources.
It was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who met Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan on December 21 and sealed the deal, said sources.
“It will be an acid test for Sonowal to handle the issue given the resentment among the people against dolling out seats to outsiders,” admitted a senior BJP MP.