BJP Cites Satya Nadella’s Official Statement, Says Government Brought Citizenship Amendment Act To Protect Borders
Following the row that broke out after Satya Nadella voiced concern over the fallout of the amended citizenship law in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday said the Centre was doing what the Microsoft chief executive officer had said in his official statement issued after the controversial remarks.
While BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra did not attack the Indian-origin CEO at the party's press briefing in New Delhi, another party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi made an unequivocal jibe at Nadella in a tweet saying his comments showed "how the literate need to be educated".
To a question about the Citizenship Amendment Act, Nadella, CEO of one of the world's five biggest multinational technology firms, was quoted by Buzzfeed's editor-in-chief as saying that what is happening in India is "sad".
The CEO later issued a more nuanced statement, saying every country should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly.
He also spoke about his upbringing in a multicultural India and the subsequent immigrant experience in the United States to say that his hope for India is where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous startup or lead a multinational corporation.
Asked about the controversy following Nadella's remarks, Patra while referring to the Hyderabad-born CEO's statement noted that he had given a "clarification".
"That is what the government of this country has done. We are looking after national security and protecting borders,” Patra said.
"As far as immigrants are concerned, there is a process for citizenship. Anybody can apply for citizenship. Even the prime minister has said so. Once they apply for work permit, for citizenship, many have become citizens. Of course anybody can then do whatever the Constitution has bestowed on them (sic)," Patra added.
In her tweet, Lekhi was, however, critical of Nadella.
"How literate need to be educated! Perfect example," Lekhi said on Twitter in response to Nadella's remarks and also posted his statement issued later by Microsoft India.