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NEW DELHI : Reaching out to students and the youth of the country on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated that the Act was brought to give citizenship to people and not take it away from anyone.

Speaking at the Belur Math in Kolkata, where Modi addressed a gathering primarily comprising the youth, the prime minister said although most students and youth understand the importance of CAA and why the union government passed the law, there remained some who are being misled on the issue. Modi said it was the duty of the youth to make people aware of the importance of CAA.

"We are giving citizenship to people under CAA and not taking it away. Even today anyone from any country whether a believer in God or not can take citizenship of India if the person believes in the Constitution of the country," the PM said.

The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has been facing protests across the country by political parties, alliance members and student organisations over the implementation of CAA.

Modi is on a two-day visit to West Bengal and the timing of his appeal to youth is interesting because the chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been holding regular protests against implementation of CAA. During Banerjee's meeting with Modi on Saturday, the CM expressed her displeasure over implementation of CAA.

"We have made it easier to take citizenship of India through CAA. There are minorities in Pakistan who are facing religious persecution, should we not help them? Will you (youth) help me do it? We have only followed the words of Mahatma Gandhi and our freedom fighters," said Modi.

He also clarified that CAA has no impact on the language, culture and demography of the northeast. Modi said there was a deliberate attempt by some people who want to mislead the students and youth for political gains.

He added that it was the youth of the country which brought political change in the country when the country was facing corruption. The PM said it was important for youth and everyone to understand why CAA has been implemented.

"CAA will not take away citizenship of anyone, you understood this very clearly. But those playing political games purposely refuse to understand. People are being misled over CAA, I repeat again, CAA is not to revoke anyone's citizenship, but it is to give citizenship. After independence, Mahatma Gandhi and other big leaders of the time all believed that India should give citizenship to persecuted religious minorities of Pakistan," Modi added.

Blaming Pakistan for not able to look after the rights of its minorities, Modi said CAA has managed to tell the world that Pakistan has failed to protect its minorities. "It is because of this Act that now the world knows that minorities are being persecuted in Pakistan. It is for Pakistan now to explain to the world why it failed to protect the rights of (its) minorities," said Modi.

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