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Amit Shah to dine with refugees as Mamata gives land. How BJP, TMC are wooing the community

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) are now wooing the refugee population in West Bengal ahead of the assembly elections. While Amit Shah will be dining with a refugee family on Thursday, the Mamata Banerjee government has started handing out land pattas to refugees.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be having lunch with a refugee family in Narayanpur of South 24 Parganas on Thursday, in a bid to portray that BJP is not against the refugee population and that CAA will work in their favour. The last leg of BJP’ ‘Poribartan Yatra’ is to begin from Namkhana.

TMC has termed Amit Shah’s Kolkata visit as a political stunt while the party advocates the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The Mamata Banerjee administration has meanwhile started handing out land and pattas (certificates) to refugees while also recognising refugee colonies. The West Bengal chief minister is trying to win points in the wake of eviction notices on central government land while saying that the state government will not support eviction.

Mamata Banerjee had made the announcement during a cabinet meeting in January. There are reports of eviction notices issued in Bankura district, Ashoknagar and Habra in North 24 Parganas district.

“Why didn’t it take place in the past 10 years? They are doing this while we are looking for a permanent solution. People also know that elections are here and they are taking steps with that view. If they really wanted refugees to vote in the last 10 years, they would have done so,” said Dilip Ghosh a day ahead of Amit Shah’s Bengal visit.