Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Tuesday, dared the opposition leaders to an open debate on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Addressing a rally in Lucknow, Shah accused the opposition parties of dividing the country and reiterated that CAA was a law, not to take away the citizenship of any individual, but to give citizenship to minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
“Modi ji CAA lekar aaye, aur CAA ke khilaf, yeh Rahul baba and company, Mamata, Akhilesh ji, behen Mayawati, saari ki saari brigade CAA ke khilaf ‘kau kau kau’ karne lage” Shah said during the rally.
“There is no provision of taking anyone’s citizenship in CAA… Canards are being spread against CAA by Congress, SP, BSP, TMC,” he further said. Shah’s comments against the opposition leaders come amid ongoing protests against CAA in the country.
Shah further said that at the time of partition, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Jain constituted 30 per cent of the population in Bangladesh and 23 per cent in Pakistan. But today, it’s just 7 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively. “Where have these people gone? Those who are protesting against CAA, I want to ask them this,” he said.