Published On: Mon, Dec 9th, 2019

Citizenship Amendment Bill is not against minorities: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 has no political agenda and it is not even 0.001 percent against the minorities.

His remarks came amid protests from Opposition on Monday when the CAB was tabled in the Lok Sabha. It was introduced with 293 Ayes and 82 Nos.

Responding to the doubts over Manipur the minister added the northeastern state will be under the ambit of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system.

Manipur education minister welcomed the measure and said with the ILP the state will be excluded from the Citizenship Bill, 2019.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury blamed the government that it has the intention of targeting the minorities in India. Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress called the Citizenship Amendment Bill as unconstitutional and divisive.

DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran said the amendment bill is half-hearted for including just the neighboring countries of North India and questioned why Sri Lanka has been omitted from it. He argued that many persecuted Tamils comes to India from the island country every year.

He added, “Whey you (Amit Shah) talks about minorities, it looks like satan is preaching gospels.”

Citizenship Amendment Bill is against minorities: Amit Shah

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said the party will oppose the bill as it is anti-Constitutional.

The bill intends to provide citizenship to non-Muslim refugees who have come from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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