Congress, BJP target each other over CAA, NRC and NPR
Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday took turns to target each other over the recently passed Citizenship (Amendment) Act and proposed National Register of Citizens of India (NCR) and National Population Register (NPR).
All India Congress Committee national spokesperson Pawan Khera slammed Prime Minister Modi led central government and said “The government has violated Article 5, 10 and 14 of the Indian constitution by passing CAA which has created an environment of fear throughout the country.”
“Pakistan was constituted on the basis of religion but India was constituted on the basis of constitution,” he said during a press conference.
He also targeted home minister Amit Shah and said Shah has never read history.
“If they are trying to right the wrong that happened during the partition then why did they add Afghanistan to the list as Afghanistan was not a part of the partition. Will Shah ignore refugees from Tibet and Myanmar?”
“Shah has said again and again that NRC will be implemented after CAA. He talked about granting citizenship to some religions but he didn’t say anything about granting citizenship to Muslims, Bahai, Sri Lankan Hindus, Tamils and Nepal’s Madheshi people” he added.
He said “Congress is in favour of granting citizenship to refugees but we are opposing this law because of two reasons. First is that CAA violates Indian constitution by being discriminatory on the basis of religion and second reason is that CAA should be seen with NRC.”
Satya Pal Jain, additional solicitor general of India and member of BJP national executive, said Congress is trying to spread rumours and is trying to scare people that their citizenship will be taken away.
During a press conference, Jain said “NRC and NPR have nothing to do with CAA. We only want to grant citizenship to those who could not come to India during partition but have faced atrocities and discrimination in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.”
He said Indian citizens do not have to be afraid as CAA is for granting citizenship to minorities of our neighbouring countries and no citizenships will be cancelled by the government.
In a move that will greatly boost Karnataka's Health and Medical Education sector, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya gave a green signal for establishing an All India Institute Of Medical Science in Karnataka. The assurance was given during a meeting between Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar and Union Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in New Delhi on Wednesday.
For the first time in the history of Karnataka, the state has opened a mental health tele-helpline for students who are in distress as they await their Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) for Class 10 results on Wednesday. "Success and failure are a part of life and they are like two faces of the same coin. SSLC students expecting results must not lose hope at all costs," said Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar today.
The Karnataka High Court has stayed all further proceedings in relation to a tender issued by the state Department of Health and Family Welfare in favour of a firm that is an agent of a Chinese company. Philips India Limited had filed an intra-court appeal after its request for a stay on the tender issued to Foress Healthcare LLP was not considered by the court earlier.
Apart from serene lakes, magnificent Mughal Gardens, vast meadows, deciduous forests and Himalayan peaks, people in Kashmir and visitors from outside this year will also be mesmerised by a festival of flowers starting May 20. “The festival is being organised on May 20 and 21 for which, our preparations are in full swing,” said Shayiq Rasool, deputy director, floriculture.
Hundreds of villagers -- including family members, relatives and friends of 52-year-old Ranjit Singh, who was killed in a grenade attack inside a wine shop in Baramulla on Tuesday -- blocked Rajouri-Poonch highway at Sunderbani on Wednesday morning for over three hours to protest against his killing. Ranjit hailed from Bhakar village in Sunderbani and had recently gone to Baramulla to work at the wine shop.