BJP, Congress Trade Charges Over Citizenship Amendment Act
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party party at the Centre is attacking fundamental values of the country, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President and Member of Parliament Uttam Kumar Reddy said on Sunday while his BJP counterpart K Laxman slammed the Congress party for what he called appeasement politics.
"The Congress party is against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. BJP is attacking the fundamental values of this country and they are trying to destroy it, Reddy said at a protest in Hyderabad against the CAA.
Many senior Congress leaders and cadre held placards that read We are a secular nation. Down with CAA. With the National Democratic Alliance government's policies as many as four crore people may lose citizenship, he alleged.
Congress party condemns excessive use of police force against protesting students and citizens of this country, the he said.
On the other hand, state BJP president Laxman, in a social media interaction, said the Indian Muslims are 'safe and secure' with the CAA as the Constitution guarantees all rights and the Narendra Modi-led government would implement them. "They (some political parties) have demanded (the citizenship laws) earlier. They have sympathised with refugees, but now we do not know why some of the political parties are opposing the law now. It is nothing but appeasement politics to divide society in the name of religion”, he said.
The BJP leader clarified that the CAA is not against any Indian Muslim or India-born citizen.
He alleged that the TRS party opposed the CAA at the behest of Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM party.