Day after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee raised objections over the Centre's idea of introducing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Bill has no link with minorities
New Delhi: Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday (November 19) slammed West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee for raising objections over the Centre's idea of introducing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Parliament.
The minority minister said that the Bill has no connection with minorities and people should stop misleading society with such kind of conspiracies.
"How has a minority come into the picture of Citizenship Amendment Bill? Some people should not mislead society. These people should realize that their strategies and conspiracies will not be successful. This Bill has no connection with minorities," Naqvi said.
Earlier, Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the BJP government at the Centre for planning to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019 in Parliament and said the proposed legislation is a "trap" like the National Register of Citizen (NRC) to exclude Bengalis and Hindus as legal citizens of the country.
The Parliament will take up the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 during the nearly-month long Winter Session which commenced on November 18.
The Citizenship Bill, a key BJP plank, aims at granting citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan who came to India before December 31, 2014.
The session, which will go on till December 13, will provide a total of 20 sittings spread over 26 days.
In February this year, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were imposed in East and West Imphal districts ahead of the tabling of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the Rajya Sabha. However, the Bill could not be passed.
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Last Updated Nov 19, 2019, 3:10 PM IST