Union minister Shantanu Thakur has claimed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA will be implemented across the country in the next seven days.

Addressing a public rally in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas on Sunday, Shantanu Thakur, BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Bangaon, said, “The Ram mandir (temple) in Ayodhya has been inaugurated, and within the next seven days, the CAA will be implemented across the country. This is my guarantee. Not just in West Bengal, the CAA would be implemented in every state of India within a week.”

Under the controversial CAA, brought in by the Narendra Modi government, Indian nationality will be granted to persecuted non-Muslim migrants – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians – from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan who had come to India till December 31, 2014.

During an interview with a news channel, Thakur said swift implementation of the contentious legislation would be made within seven days.

“The CAA will be implemented very soon. It will be implemented within seven days. This is my guarantee,” said Thakur, also a leader of the Matua community.

He has been claiming that the CAA would be implemented in the country ahead of the Lok Sabha polls this year.

There were massive protests in some parts of the country after the CAA was passed by Parliament in December 2019 and received the Presidential assent subsequently.