Indian Home minister Amit Shah recently confirmed that the implemented CAA won’t be taken back despite ongoing protests in various parts of the country. Various states have also refused to implement the CAA in their respective states and this has infuriated the Indian Home Minister. Mr. Shah was present in Lucknow yesterday to gather support for the in question CAA.
CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC) have caused large number of protests in different parts of the country as citizens protesting believe that they go against the secular values of the country, offering citizenship to all non-Muslims who entered India by 31 December, 2014.
Shah also lined up Congress by criticizing them for becoming a hurdle in BJP’s path for providing legitimacy to the refugees.
He accused other opposition parties including Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress of trying to spread “misinformation” about the act among the public.
“I’m here to tell you, all of you – Mamata Banerjee, Rahul Gandhi come and debate this with me. I had piloted the Bill in the Parliament. Show me where the Bill says that it will take away a person’s citizenship. They are spreading lies. Nowhere does the Bill say that it will take away citizenship,” Shah said in Lucknow.
Mr. Shah also accused the Congress for misleading people “by saying we are discriminating on the basis of religion and Muslims of India will lose citizenship. This law is to grant citizenship and not take it away.” He added that the Congress only “worried about their own vote bank”.
Along with Congress, Mamta Banerjee also faced the ire of former BJP president. Shah attacked Mamta Banerjee by saying, “Tell me what the problem is. 70% of the refugees are Dalits. Why do you not want to grant them citizenship?”
Amit shah once again clearly explained the exact motive of CAA, which is not to harm any current citizen of the country but to shelter those who have faced persecution in the mentioned countries.
“The families of the persecuted minorities were mistreated, their women were raped, their businesses were destroyed – and Congress says not to grant them citizenship,” Shah said. He added that “they came here in lakhs and urged us to give them citizenship because they had nowhere to go. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the courage to grant them that and the CAA was passed.”