Kendrapara, Jan 5 (LocalWire): As part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s initiative to spread nationwide awareness about Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Union minister of steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste, campaigned at the seaside village Ramanagar under Mahakalapada block in Kendrapara district today.
Ramanagar and other coastal villages of Kendrapada district are dominated by Bangladeshi Hindu refugees where more than 70,000 Bengali-speaking people reside. Most came from East Pakistan (Now Bangladesh ) in 1947 and in the 1970s.
Addressing a meeting at Ramanagar, Kulaste assured, ‘I came to know that several Hindu refugees are staying in the seaside villages of Kendrapara district since long. But they have no legal documents to prove themselves as Indian citizens. Now all of them will get Indian citizenship as per the CAA. They will also get ration cards, Aadhar cards and other documents soon from the government.’
In 2005, the government had served ‘Quit India’ notices under Citizenship Act, 1955, to 1551 alleged Hindu Bangladeshis living in villages of Mahakalapada and Rajnagar blocks of the district.
They are relieved after the government passed the CAA as they will get Indian citizenship soon, said Kishor Panda, the president of the district unit of BJP while addressing the meeting.
The meeting was addressed by BJP leaders Gagana Bihari Sahoo, Alekha Jena, Dolagobinda Nayak, Pruthiraj Harichandan, Pravati Parida and others.
‘My grandfather came to Hariabanka village in 1948 from East Pakistan after the partition of India as a registered refugee. But in 2005, the district administration illegally served ‘Quit India’ notice to me and my family members, branding us as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. We are grateful to the Centre for passing the Citizenship amendment bill,’ said 50-year-old Biren Sarkar, who attended the meeting at Ramanagar.