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BJP expects gains from citizenship law

Major protests in Assam and some other parts of the northeast against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act have taken many in the BJP by surprise but they believe that the gains for the party will be more than any loss from implementing the contentious law. With the BJP in power in Assam and the rest of the northeast, either on its own or as a junior partner to a regional ally, party leaders are of the view that they are in a position to contain the situation but remain wary of its political fallout, especially in Assam. A Hindu consolidation in the state long hit by illegal immigration from Bangladesh had propelled the party to power for the first time in 2016. The ongoing protests fuelled by identity concerns of ethnic Assamese has the potential to change the existing political equation. However, it is upbeat about its prospects in West Bengal, where the intended beneficiaries of the new law live in large numbers. BJP s state chief Dilip Ghosh claimed that their numbers could be nearly ..


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