Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said in Silchar, Assam, that his government is committed to passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and assured that no genuine Indian citizen will be left out of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi, he said the Congress president has lost sleep ever since the extradition of Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in AgustaWestland helicopter deal.
Modi, who addressed rallies in Silchar and Manipur capital Imphal Friday, said, “A few days back we got a ‘raazdaar’ (man with secrets) from a foreign country in the matter of helicopters, in the matter of brokerage, [to ask] whom he gave money to, how much he gave, and how he gave (the money).”
Referring to Rahul, whom he addresses as “naamdaar (dynast)”, Modi asked the gathering whether they had seen his face since the “raazdaar” was brought back. Maintaining that Rahul has “lost his sleep and is counting days”, he said, “Aankhey phati phati rehti hai, chehra udaas rehta hai (Rahul has lost his sleep, and looks sad)…. What if the raazdaar says something? What if secrets come out? What will happen? He is getting agitated, and using indecent language.”
On the citizenship Bill, Modi hoped it will soon be passed by the Parliament. He said the proposed law is “connected to the emotions and lives of people”. The PM emphasised that the Bill is an “atonement” for mistakes committed during Partition.
He said, “Puray vishwa mein yadi kahin bhi Ma Bharat mein aastha rakhne wale, kisi bete beti ko, pratarit kiya jaega woh kahan jaega? Kya uske passport ka rang dekha jaega? Kya rakt ka koi rishta nahi hota? (Across the world, when those with faith in Ma Bharat are tortured, where will they go? Will the colour of passport be checked? Does relation of blood mean nothing?)”
He said many people had opted not to migrate during Partition and are now facing problems in neighbouring countries. “In such a situation, will Ma Bharat not take care of her children?”
On NRC, Modi said, “I have to assure you that no Indian citizen will be left out of NRC. Many of you have faced difficulties… But to turn this decision [updating NRC] into a reality on the ground, your strength and sacrifice have been the biggest strength.”