‘Allegations against Pragya are false’: Amit Shah defends party decision to field Sadhvi from Bhopal

Kolkata: Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah on Monday backed the party’s choice to field Sadhvi Pragya as a Lok Sabha candidate.

He said the allegations against her were false and the real culprits in the Malegaon blast case had evaded the law.

Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya, who is out on bail, will take on Congress heavyweight Digvijaya Singh in Bhopal constituency.

While addressing a media conference in Kolkata, Shah said : “It is definitely a right decision. The charges against her are unfounded. Nothing against her or Swami Aseemanad has been proved.”

Shah claimed that the real culprits were released after being arrested. He said questions should be asked why they were let off.

Speaking on the controversial National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Shah said refugees need not worry as after returning to power, the BJP will first bring the bill in Parliament and then implement the NRC across the country to weed out infiltrators.

‘Refugees will get citizenship and will remain in country with dignity’

“The refugees will be given citizenship and they will remain in this country with full dignity. They should not pay heed to the misleading statements by Mamata Banerjee,” the BJP president said.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 but was not tabled in Rajya Sabha where the BJP does not have a majority.

The picture of Rajya Sabha will change in favour of the BJP by 2020 and there will be no problem in passing the bill, he said.

Asked if the BJP will seek support from the Trinamool Congress in case it falls short of a majority, he said, “The question does not arise. We will get a full majority.”

Reiterating his charge that “democracy has ceased to exist in West Bengal”, Shah exuded confidence that people of the state will defeat the Trinamool Congress in this election.