Amit Shah has further reiterated that the CAA doesn’t snatch the citizenship of minorities.
Bhubaneshwar: Union home minister Amit Shah was in Bhubaneshwar today (February 28).
He addressed a rally in the city and reiterated that the CAA would snatch none’s citizenship.
He said, "BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), SP (Sawajwadi Party), Communist, Congress and Mamata Didi are against the CAA because they say minorities will lose their citizenship. Why are they lying? CAA is a law to give citizenship, it is not meant to take anyone's citizenship away."
Much before he addressed the rally, he had lunch with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. It was hosted by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
On her part, Banerjee expressed concern over the communal clashes in Delhi that have claimed at least 39 lives and said that steps should be taken so that the situation doesn't aggravate further.
"I am very sad about what happened in Delhi. A police constable and an IB official also died. Peace must be restored in Delhi," she told the meeting.
Protests against the CAA have been going on alleging that it is discriminatory.
All that the CAA is does is to grant citizenship to persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who have been residing in India hitherto December 31, 2014. What is essentially a one-time offer to integrate the minorities socially and emotionally with India is being seen as divisive and communal.
The Act enables around 32000 minority members to become citizens of India.
Refusing to bog down, both PM Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah have categorically reiterated that the government won’t roll back the CAA, come what may.
Presently, the matter is before the Supreme Court. The top court is hearing a batch of petitions on the issue and has served a notice to the Centre to seek its view on the issue.
As prayed for, the top court has not countenanced to stay the law.
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Last Updated Feb 28, 2020, 6:20 PM IST