Union Home Minister Amit Shah alleged Saturday that the opposition parties led by ‘Rahul baba and company’ are behind the ‘storm of misinformation’ on the amended Citizenship Act (CAA). Shah also challenged ‘Rahul Baba and company, Mamata Bannerjee, Arvind Kejriwal and Communists’ to hold a discussion on whether the CAA has the provision for snatching citizenship or giving it.
Speaking at a Gujarat Police event in Gandhinagar, Shah said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced CAA to provide citizenship to “crores of people”. “Narendra Modi turned the CAB into CAA in order to provide citizenship to crores of people. In this regard, total opposition….Rahul Baba and Company, Mamata, Kejriwal, Communists..have created a storm of misinformation. They have spread the lie that through this act, citizenship of minority, Muslims, is being snatched. Today, I from this dais challenge them to hold a discussion on whether the CAA has the provision to provide citizenship or snatch it,” said the Home Minister.
However, Shah refrained from mentioning the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in his 30 minutes-long speech at the Mahatma Mandir convention hall on the occasion of launch of multiple Cybersafety initiatives of Gujarat Police .
Shah continued his attack on the opposition, claiming that a sense of mistrust has seeped through in India and urged workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party to conduct a “door to door” campaign on CAA.
“The opposition has worked towards misleading minority and youth and as a result a sense of anarchy and mistrust environment has developed. But lies don’t have legs. I urge the BJP supporters to visit each household and tell the people the truth about CAA. Because they (opposition) have no other issue to raise today be it development, law and order, foreign policy, defense policy. PM Modi has increased the stature of India in the world and these people don’t have any other option but to rely on one lie. I advise them that their lies are not going to mislead the people of India for long,” added Shah.
The Home Minister also said that the issue of CAA began due to partition of India and 1971 Indo-Pak war during which Bangladesh was created.
“With the birth of Bangladesh, a new problem started and even during the time of independence, partition was a problem. Thousands and thousands of refugees had to leave their homeland in order to safeguard their respect and their women’s honour and this process has been going on even to this date. Lakhs and crores of people, with painful memories came to India. In front of them, their sisters and daughters were mistreated, their family members were killed…Lord Buddha who has followers all over the world, his statue in Afghanistan was blown off by tanks…lives of lakhs and crores of people became worse than hell..in India they did not receive citizenship, schooling, jobs, health care or rights, Why? Because the governments under their greed for votebank thought that if they were to be given rights then someone else would have gotten upset,” said Shah.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who also attended the event, said,” Under the leadership of PM Modi and Amit Shah, historic decisions such as article 370, Ram Temple issue, CAA and Triple Talaq were taken and the ‘Gujarati pair, with conviction, has brought a new leadership for the country.”
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