Government Won’t Rest Until Pakistan Refugees Made Indian Citizens: Amit Shah
Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, right, and Amit Shah, president of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), celebrate during an event at the party’s headquarters in New Delhi, India. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Government Won’t Rest Until Pakistan Refugees Made Indian Citizens: Amit Shah


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.
Amit Shah, Home Minister

"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 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 Jan. 10.

Shah also accused Rahul Gandhi, Mamata 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 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.

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."said Shah referring to the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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.

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