"The process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be carried out across the country. No one irrespective of their religion should be worried. It is just a process to get everyone under the NRC," Shah said replying to a supplementary during Question Hour in the Upper House.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is high on the government’s agenda for this session, may face hurdles since some parties are strongly opposed to it. During the meeting, BJD demanded that a legislation be passed for creating a Vidhan Parishad in Odisha.
The winter session begins on November 18 and will last till December 13. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It will make Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi migrants from these three countries who have lived in India for six years illegal.
BJP can hope to reap political benefits from the Ram temple issue in the next UP Assembly election in 2022 and the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The new temple is likely to be constructed in five years. Like the Somnath temple issue, the Ram temple at Ayodhya may then cease to be a vote catcher and BJP will have to move on to other issues in future elections.
In Haryana, BJP's core focus has remained on the non-Jat votes. Now, BJP is likely to leverage the alliance with Chautala to reach out to Jats, a community that it has been at loggerheads with since it came to power in Haryana in 2014.
Deputy CM post for Aaditya Thackeray on table. Shiv Sena is demanding that the CM’s post be rotated with each party holding it for two-and-a-half years. Shah may visit Mumbai on Wednesday with a view to close the negotiations with the Sena brass.
Although the BJP will form the government in Maharashtra with Shiv Sena and is likely to get the numbers in Haryana, the party will have to introspect what went wrong after a resounding victory, just a few months ago, in the Lok Sabha elections.
The Centre may introduce the Citizenship Bill again in the winter session of Parliament, after it caused a furore in January earlier. The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 and grant citizenship to those who illegally migrated into India
One of the major points of contention if the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance gets a majority would be Sena's demand for deputy chairperson post for Aditya Thackeray. He is the first from his family to enter electoral politics and is contesting from Worli.
The impressive LS victory and an opposition in disarray are grounds enough for the BJP to harp on its govt’s achievements in the past five years. But economic slump & high unemployment seem to have prompted BJP to go back to nationalism.
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