Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will be implemented as soon as COVID-19 subsides. He was speaking at a programme in Siliguri, when he made the statement, making it clear that the controversial law is back on the Centre’s agenda in the coming days.
“I have come to north Bengal today. I want to make it clear that the Trinamool Congress is spreading rumours that the CAA will not be implemented. I want to say that as soon as COVID wave comes down, we will implement the CAA,” Shah said in Siliguri. “CAA was and is a reality and the Trinamool Congress cannot do anything about it,” he said.
The CAA announcement had led to nation-wide protests in late 2019 and early 2020 before the COVID-19 outbreak that prompted the government to impose lockdowns and other restrictions.