Margao/Panaji: Commissioner for NRI Affairs Narendra Sawaikar on Thursday said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will have no impact on Goans, including those having the ‘Bilhete de Identidade de Cidadão Nacional’ (National Citizen Identity Card) issued by Portuguese authority.
Speaking to this daily, Sawaikar said that the Bill, which is facing widespread opposition, will not have any impact on Goa and Goans including those holding the Portuguese National Citizens Identity Card. Refuting the claims made by Congress party, Sawaikar questioned as to how and why CAB will divide India. He said that the Bill will only impact refugees from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan living in the country. “It will not affect the rights of Goan passport holders before or after the Bill,” he said, pointing out that the Congress should stop playing divisive politics, as India had it enough and such tricks will not work in the future.
Earlier, the Congress had said that CAB is an assault on the nation’s Constitution and that the Bill would jeopardise the fate of many Goans, who have obtained Portuguese passport to obtain gainful employment abroad.
Meanwhile, state general secretary of BJP Sadanand Tanawade charged the Congress party of misleading public on CAB issue. He said that the Congress party has been dividing people of the country since 1947, and the Bill is the consequence of this divisive policy of successive Congress governments in the country.