Jabalpur: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said however much the Congress opposes the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the government “will not rest” until all the refugees from minority communities from Pakistan are given Indian citizenship.
He once again challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to show him any provision in the new legislation that will snatch the citizenship of any citizen in the country.
“I am saying it loudly. You Congress leaders, listen carefully… Oppose it as much as you can, but we will rest only after giving citizenship to all these people. No one can stop us from doing so.
“Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian refugees from Pakistan have as much right over India as you and I have. They are the sons and daughters of India. The country will embrace them,” Shah said while addressing a public meeting here in support of the new citizenship law.
His statements come a day after the Congress demanded immediate withdrawal of the CAA and stopping the process of National Population Register, accusing the government of using brute majority to impose its “divisive” and “discriminatory” agenda.
As per the gazette notification issued by the Centre on Friday, the CAA, under which non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, will be given Indian citizenship, came into force from January 10.
Shah also accused Gandhi, Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of misguiding people over the CAA.
“I challenge Rahul baba and Mamata Banerjee: tell me if there is any single provision in the CAA that is meant for snatching anybody’s citizenship,” he said.
“There is no provision for taking away anyone’s citizenship. The act in fact is meant for giving citizenship,” the minister said.
During the last assembly elections in Rajasthan, the Congress had promised in its poll manifesto that Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan would be given Indian citizenship.
“But now they are opposing the BJP… (Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok) Gehlotji, check your manifesto,” he said.
Referring to the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Shah said, “Some boys raised anti-national slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde honge ek hazar, inshallah, inshallah’. But Rahul baba and Kejriwal are saying: Save them… Are they your cousins? Such people deserve to be put behind bars.”
Shah said that those who had raised “anti-national” slogans at the JNU deserved to be put behind bars.
With people at the meeting raising slogans like “Desh ke gaddaron ko, jute maro salonko” (traitors should be slapped with footwear), Shah asked, “Speak loudly. Should they not be put in jails?”
Shah, however, didn’t mention the exact timeline of the alleged sloganeering at the JNU in his speech.
Shah singled out Kejriwal, who heads the AAP government in poll-bound Delhi, during his speech.
“Listen Kejriwalji. Whosoever speaks against the country will find a place behind bars and nowhere else,” he said.
The BJP chief also said that Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya in four months.
“The complex would be so high that it would touch the sky,” Shah said.