Government firm like a rock on citizenship amendment: Amit Shah2 min read . Updated: 18 Dec 2019, 03:32 PM IST
- Amit Shah too has said that the protests were a result of misinformation campaign of the Congress which was squarely behind it
- Protests have broken out across several parts of the country over provisions of the Act which opposition and critics have termed as being discriminatory to Muslims
Amid rising protests over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), union home minister Amit Shah has reiterated that there was no going back on the promise of implementing provisions of the new law. In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments, Shah has said the protests were a result of the misinformation being spread by the Congress Party.
“This (CAA) will not be rolled back. There is not even a minute possibility…The government and I are rock solid on the view that there is no going back from this," Shah said while speaking in an interview with Times Now channel during the India Economic Conclave on Tuesday. He said allegations that the Act was “dictatorial" was unfair because the Bill was passed by Parliament, after due debates and with convincing majority in both the Houses.
Protests have broken out across several parts of the country, particularly the northeast and in metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, over provisions of the Act which opposition and critics have termed as being discriminatory to Muslims.
In the national capital, some buses and two police vehicles were set on fire in a clash between students and police at New Friends' Colony near Jamia university during a demonstration against the newly-minted CAA. Many were injured in the clashes. The students’ agitation that started at Jamia has now spread to around 20 universities, including Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, amid fears that the nationwide unrest could hurt investor sentiment.
“100% Congress is behind these protests. There is nothing to prove in it, the whole world is watching what they are saying. But this bill, in no way affects any Indian Muslims…I am not saying or using the word that it is manufactured, I am saying they are being mislead. I urge all students to read the Bill," Shah said.
“It was Congress that brought NRC. Now Congress is saying why are we doing it, we want to ask why did they bring it, what was the logic then? And I am saying it is good that they did it because there is no other country in the world that does not have a registry of its citizens. Can Congress party say that all Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh should get citizenship," he said when asked about concerns being raised about CAA in conjunction with the National Registry of Citizens (NRC).
Shah said provisions like Aadhar was ‘not a proof of citizenship’ and serve a different purpose, adding that no Muslim in India will be affected by the said Act.
Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has opposed the CAA, demanded to know if Aadhaar was not proof of citizenship then “why was the government linking it with everything?"
Banerjee on Wednesday led protests against the new law in her state for the consecutive third day. “I urge Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure that the country does not burn over amended citizenship law. Amit Shah's job is to douse the fire," she said, according to Press Trust of India.