Union Minister and BJP leader Shantanu Thakur claimed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) would be implemented across India within the next seven days.

This announcement was made during an event in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district.

“I can guarantee that in the next seven days, not just in West Bengal, but the CAA will be implemented across India,” Thakur said in Bengali while addressing a public gathering in Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas in Bengal.

The CAA, which was passed by the Indian Parliament in 2020, is designed to offer citizenship to non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh who entered India before December 31, 2014. The act specifically aims to assist Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who faced religious persecution in their native countries.

Shantanu Thakur, who is also the president of the All India Matua Mahasangha and represents the Bongaon Lok Sabha seat, has been a vocal advocate for the implementation of the CAA. His constituency is home to a significant number of Matuas, a Dalit community originally from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), who migrated to India during the partition in 1947 and the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

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