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CAA India Updates: Muslim activists express support for Citizenship Amendment Act

CAA India Updates: It will grant citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan who arrived before Dec 31, 2014.
Summary

CAA India LIVE updates: This law aims to provide citizenship for undocumented migrants, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, and Christians who arrived in India before December 31, 2014.

CAA India LIVE updates: People protesting against CAA at Shaheen Bagh, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020. Protests erupted after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed in the Parliament in 2019.
CAA India LIVE updates: People protesting against CAA at Shaheen Bagh, in New Delhi on January 26, 2020. Protests erupted after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed in the Parliament in 2019.

CAA India Updates: The Centre implemented the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) on Monday, notifying the rules four years after Parliament passed the law, days before this year's Lok Sabha election. Despite receiving parliamentary approval in December 2019 and subsequent presidential assent, the CAA sparked widespread protests nationwide. Many opposition parties criticised the law, labelling it as “discriminatory”. The protests and police responses led to the loss of over 100 lives, according to news agency PTI....Read More

What is CAA?

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) modifies the Citizenship Act of 1955, offering a pathway to Indian citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis migrating from neighboring Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan before December 31, 2014.

According to the 2019 amendment, migrants who arrived in India by December 31, 2014, and faced “religious persecution or fear of religious persecution” in their country of origin are eligible for expedited citizenship.

Who can apply for citizenship?

According to Section 6B of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, applications for citizenship through registration or naturalisation will not be considered unless the person is-

• Individual of Indian descent.

• Married to an Indian citizen.

• Minor child of an Indian citizen.

• Parents are documented Indian citizens.

• Individual or either parent was an Indian citizen at India's independence.

• Holds Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status.

Special documents required

The new rules suggest that those applying for Indian citizenship must submit two particular documents -

• An affidavit verifying the correctness of the statements made in the application along with an affidavit from an Indian citizen testifying the character of the applicant.

• A declaration from the applicant that he has adequate knowledge of one of the languages as specified in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution.

Follow all the updates here:
Mar 12, 2024 10:44 PM IST

HT Editorial | Why India must look beyond CAA

Four years after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, was introduced, the Union home ministry on Monday introduced the rules to implement the law. Coming just ahead of the general elections, this move is once again bound to polarise the polity as it did in 2019. Read More

Mar 12, 2024 10:31 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: ‘Polarisation is in the DNA of BJP’, says Brinda Karat as she slams Centre over CAA implementation

"There are three main reasons why we oppose it. Firstly, it changes the definition of citizenship and links it to religion which is highly discriminatory. Secondly, we oppose it because of the timing of this announcement. BJP thrives on polarisation and division - it is in the DNA of their politics," she said.

Mar 12, 2024 10:15 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: 'CAA implemented to divert people's attention,' says Rashtriya Shoshit Samaj Party chief Swami Prasad Maurya

Maurya pointed out that the union home ministry notified rules for implementation of CAA on Monday, days ahead of the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections schedule.

Mar 12, 2024 9:56 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Police ask Assam opposition parties to withdraw stir against CAA, warn of action

The Assam Police have issued notices to opposition parties "ordering" them to "withdraw" the hartal over the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and warned that "legal action" will be taken against them if they fail to follow the diktat.

Mar 12, 2024 9:21 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: CAA will not have any impact in Meghalaya, says CM Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma on Tuesday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act will not have any impact in the state since the sixth schedule areas have been exempted from its purview even as several organisations including the North East Students Organisation burnt copies of the CAA notification to protest its implementation.

NESO chairman Samuel B Jyrwa led the protest at the Khasi Students Union (KSU) monument, adjacent to the Raj Bhavan here. NESO constituents in other NE states also protested by burning copies of the notification.

Mar 12, 2024 8:55 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Anti-CAA protests in Assam, effigies of PM, HM burnt

Protests against the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) erupted across Assam on Tuesday with effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and copies of the law being burnt.

The All Assam Students' Union (AASU), 30 non-political indigenous organisations besides Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), Congress, Raijor Dal and CPI(M) launched protests in various parts of the northeastern state a day after the CAA was implemented by the BJP-led government at the Centre.

Mar 12, 2024 8:22 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Muslim activists express support to CAA

Sufi Khanqah Association president Kausar Hasan Mazidi in a statement said there is a need among the Muslim community that they should not sway away by rumours and fake news spread by divisive forces and not indulge in any kind of violence.

Sufi Islamic Board national president Mansoor Khan said a new section 6 (b) of the CAA proposes that if the victims of religious persecution register themselves by adopting the specified conditions, they will be able to obtain citizenship of India.

Mar 12, 2024 7:51 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: People who had to tolerate persecution for last 75-100 years will get justice, says BJP leader Mangal Prabhat Lodha

Maharashtra Minister and BJP leader Mangal Prabhat Lodha expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday as the Union Home Ministry notified rules for implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said that people who had to tolerate persecution for the last 75-100 years will get justice.

Lodha said, "People who had to tolerate persecution for the last 75-100 years will get justice. Those who have roots in India if they are not accepted in other countries then where will they go? A good decision has been taken by PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah. On behalf of the 140 crore people of India, I express my gratitude to them."

Mar 12, 2024 7:41 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Indian Muslims need not worry about CAA, continue to enjoy equal rights as Hindus: Govt

CAA India LIVE updates: The Home Ministry emphasized on Tuesday that Indian Muslims needn't be concerned about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act affecting their citizenship status. They asserted that the Act does not target any specific community and reaffirmed that Muslims enjoy equal rights alongside their Hindu counterparts. The ministry aimed to address the apprehensions among certain Muslims and students regarding the Act, clarifying that Indian citizens won't be required to furnish any documents to prove their citizenship post the enactment of this law.

On Monday, the Central government issued the regulations for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, aimed at expediting citizenship for undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who arrived in India before December 31, 2014.

Mar 12, 2024 6:51 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: No Indian loses citizenship due to CAA; Rahul Gandhi, Kharge, Owaisi lying, Amit Shah attacks Oppn

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has honoured Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain refugees by giving them citizenship through CAA, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday and maintained there is no provision of stripping of anyone's citizenship in the new law.

Hitting out at the Congress and AIMIM, Shah, addressing party meetings here, said AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge and Hyderabad Lok Sabha member Asaduddin Owaisi are lying that minorities of the country will lose their citizenship with the implementation of CAA.

Mar 12, 2024 6:26 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: 55 students detained at Delhi University campus ahead of protest against CAA

Around 55 students were detained on Tuesday as they gathered to protest against the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at the Delhi University Arts Faculty, police said.

Scores of students from the Left affiliated AISA had called for a protest against the implementation of the CAA notified by the Centre on Monday.

Delhi University AISA unit president Manik Gupta said that the students were detained by the police even before the protest started.

"Many students who were simply standing outside the Arts Faculty and not participating in the protest were detained by the police on the basis of mere doubt," he alleged, claiming that students were brutally handled.

Mar 12, 2024 6:16 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: CAA not to be implemented in tribal areas of Northeast

Most tribal areas in northeastern states, including those granted special status under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution, have been kept out of the purview of The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, which came into effect on Monday.

According to the law, it is also not going to be implemented in those northeastern states where Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime is in existence.

The ILP is in force in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur whereby anyone from other parts of the country seeking to visit these states needs special permission from the state government.

Mar 12, 2024 5:32 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: CAA applicants can attach 9 documents to prove country of origin, 20 documents on arrival date in India

Individuals applying for Indian citizenship under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 (CAA) are allowed to furnish one of nine documents, which may include a valid or expired passport, ID cards, or land tenancy records, to establish their nationality from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, or Pakistan.

Additionally, applicants have the option to present one of 20 documents, such as a copy of their visa and immigration stamp upon arrival in India, or a certificate issued by an elected member of any rural or urban body, or a revenue officer. These documents are required to demonstrate their entry into India on or before December 31, 2014, in accordance with the regulations outlined in the CAA rules issued on Monday.

Mar 12, 2024 5:24 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Owaisi, Kharge, Rahul Gandhi are lying that minorities will lose citizenship due to CAA, Amit Shah hits out at opposition in Hyderabad

Hitting out at the Opposition, Amit Shah said that Owaisi, Kharge, Rahul Gandhi were lying that minorities will lose citizenship due to CAA.

Mar 12, 2024 4:54 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: ‘Congress kept opposing CAA due to appeasement and vote bank politics’, says home minister Amit Shah

On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the Congress consistently opposed the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) due to its indulgence in appeasement and vote bank politics. He further highlighted that during the country's independence, the drafters of the Constitution had pledged to grant Indian citizenship to refugees fleeing oppression in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Mar 12, 2024 4:38 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: CAA violates secular principle of citizenship enshrined in Constitution by linking citizenship to religious identity, says CPI(M)

The Politbureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued a statement on Tuesday expressing strong opposition to the notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) regarding the rules under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The party emphasized that linking citizenship to religious identity, as outlined in the CAA, is a violation of the secular principle of citizenship enshrined in the Constitution.

Mar 12, 2024 4:00 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Jamia Millia Islamia students protest against CAA, demand withdrawal

On Tuesday, student groups at Jamia Millia Islamia staged protests against the enforcement of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and urged the government to revoke it. Speaking at a press conference near the university's entrance, the demonstrators called for the repeal of the CAA and the release of all students who were detained during the anti-CAA demonstrations approximately four years ago. Additionally, they insisted on the withdrawal of legal charges against these students.

Mar 12, 2024 3:46 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: CAA ray of hope for us, say Pak Hindu refugees in Delhi

Pakistani Hindu refugees residing in Delhi say they can finally look forward to a secure future as the government notified rules for implementation of the CAA.

They claim they have been living in semi-kutcha houses, cooking in mud and brick stoves, and using tents for defecation in Majnu-Ka-Tilla area ever since they moved to India.

"I moved to India from Pakistan in 2011 and since then, we have not got even the basic facilities here, be it water, electricity or cooking gas," voice of the Pakistani Hindu refugee community in Majnu-Ka-Tilla, Dharamveer Solanki, told PTI.

Mar 12, 2024 3:36 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: CAA rules unconstitutional, discriminatory, says Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

CAA India LIVE updates: Addressing an official programme at Habra in North 24 Parganas district, Banerjee said she would not allow the implementation of the CAA in West Bengal and urged the people to think several times before applying for citizenship under the law.

"I have doubts if the CAA rules notified yesterday have legal validity. There is no clarity on it," she said.

"The CAA and the rules framed are unconstitutional, and discriminatory under Article 14 of Constitution, which is the fundamental right to equality," she said, claiming that the Centre was "bluffing" over providing citizenship.

Mar 12, 2024 3:15 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: ‘BJP has given Ramadhan gift to Muslims by notifying CAA’, says Omar Abdullah

CAA India LIVE updates: "It was passed in 2019, but notifying the CAA (rules) just a few days before the bugle of elections is to be blown, perhaps it makes it clear what the aim is. They (BJP) were saying that after the (construction) of the Ram Temple, they cannot lose. But perhaps they feel that their position is weak and that is why they have to use these new weapons," Omar Abdullah told reporters.

Mar 12, 2024 3:14 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: PM Modi honoured Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain refugees through CAA, says Amit Shah in Hyderabad

CAA India LIVE updates: Speaking about the CAA, home minister Amit Shah said in Telangana, “PM Modi honoured Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain refugees through CAA.”

Mar 12, 2024 2:57 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: ‘PM Modi has done a good job’, says Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on CAA implementation

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. He said, "Those who could not come to India at the time of partition and were persecuted on the basis of religion in these different countries."

He added, "People who came to India before 2014 had no rights here, so PM Modi has done a good job by giving them citizenship so that they can also live their lives with dignity and raise their children."

Mar 12, 2024 2:28 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Tamil Nadu government will not implement CAA, says CM Stalin

CAA India LIVE updates: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin firmly rejected the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on Tuesday, labeling it as 'divisive and lacking in utility'. He emphasized that the state would not enforce it. Stalin criticized the BJP government for hastily announcing the rules for implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, particularly with the upcoming Lok Sabha elections looming. He argued that both the Act and its associated rules contradicted the fundamental principles of the Constitution.

Mar 12, 2024 2:17 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: CAA implemented to create another ‘partition’, says Mehbooba Mufti

CAA India LIVE updates: On Tuesday, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti asserted that the BJP's implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) mirrored the concept of two two-nation theory advocated by the Hindu Mahasabha. In a post on X, she said, "77 years after partition, BJP is still wedded to the concept of two nation theory of Hindu Mahasabha. To further their agenda they have thus implemented CAA to create another partition among our people".

Mar 12, 2024 1:51 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: After Vijay, actor turned politician Kamal Hassan opposes CAA

CAA India LIVE updates: After actor and Tamizhaga Vetrik Kazhagam founder opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act Rules, 2024, Kamal Hassan, another actor-turned-politician and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder, opposed the law, alleging that the central government is trying to “divide people and destroy harmony”.

“True to its secular credentials and commitment to the Constitution of India, Makkal Needhi Maiam was the first political party in Tamil Nadu to challenge this act in the Supreme Court,” Haasan said.

The move to implement CAA indicates BJP’s "nefarious designs" and perhaps, is a "perfect example of the vision of India that BJP intends to create, if voted back to power," Haasan alleged in a statement.

(PTI)

Mar 12, 2024 1:20 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: ‘Indian Muslims should welcome CAA,’ says All India Muslim Jamaat President

CAA India LIVE updates: Following the notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act by the central government, Maulana Shahabuddin Razvi Bareilvi, President of All India Muslim Jamaat, welcomed the legislation. He sought to reassure the Muslim community, stating that it would not affect their citizenship status.

"The Govt of India has implemented the CAA law. I welcome this law. This should have been done much earlier but better late than never... There are a lot of misunderstandings among the Muslims regarding this law. This law has nothing to do with Muslims. Earlier there was no law to provide citizenship to the non-Muslims coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who faced atrocities based on religion...," said the Maulana, was quoted as saying by ANI.

Mar 12, 2024 12:40 PM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Centre launches separate portal to apply for citizenship, will launch mobile app ‘CAA-2019’

CAA India LIVE updates: The central government on Tuesday launched a new portal, http://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in, for people applying for citizenship under CAA-2019, a day after the rules for Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 were notified, marking hte implementation of the law.

According to a report from news agency PTI, the government will also launch a mobile app called CAA-2019.

Mar 12, 2024 11:42 AM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Shiv Sena (UBT), SP claim ‘election-driven’ motive behind implementation

CAA India LIVE updates: Shiv Sena (UBT) Spokesperson Anand Dubey raised doubts about the timing of the latest Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) notification, implying that the government had ample opportunity to introduce it over the past ten years. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party MP ST Hassan labelled the Centre's action as a tactic by the BJP to divert attention.

• Dubey said that there had been ample time to introduce the law over the past decade. He further remarked that the law was being brought forward just as the code of conduct was about to be imposed, implying a connection to the upcoming elections.

• SP's ST Hassan remarked that the government's action appeared to be a mere ploy to divert public attention. While acknowledging the importance of granting citizenship, he questioned the inclusion of religion in the process. Hassan pointed out that Muslims, including Ahmediyas, face persecution in the mentioned countries. He advocated for offering citizenship to all persecuted individuals, with inquiries into their backgrounds if necessary. Hassan expressed concern that the CAA was laying the groundwork for the NRC, where individuals would have to prove their Indian citizenship.

Mar 12, 2024 11:04 AM IST

CAA India LIVE updates: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma says he will resign if…

CAA India LIVE updates: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on CAA says, “I will be the first to resign if one person who has not applied for NRC gets citizenship.”

• Meanwhile the Assam Police have reportedly issued notices to opposition parties instructing them to retract the hartal regarding the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

• They cautioned of potential legal consequences if the directive is not complied with. The 16-party United Opposition Forum, Assam (UOFA), has organised a statewide hartal in protest against the CAA.

Mar 12, 2024 10:48 AM IST

CAA live updates: Sikh Committee welcomes Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024

Citizenship Amendment Act LIVE updates: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has welcomed the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024, following the notification by the Centre on Monday, for the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Gurcharan Singh Grewal, spokesperson of SGPC, stated that they appreciate the decision made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He further emphasised that it is a positive step for Sikhs whose faith was converted in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

(ANI)

Mar 12, 2024 10:26 AM IST

CAA live updates: Protests by political, student, and indigenous groups in Northeast

Citizenship Amendment Act LIVE updates: Congress-led United Opposition Forum (UOF) and around 30 student and indigenous organizations, including the All Assam Students Union (AASU), are planning to escalate protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) following the notification of implementation rules on Monday.

• AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya stated that they vehemently oppose the CAA, considering it detrimental to Assam's people. He affirmed the continuation and intensification of peaceful, non-violent, and democratic protests against the legislation.

• Bhattacharya announced the burning of copies of the CAA in all state capitals across the northeast on Tuesday, organised by the North East Students Organisation.

• On February 29, UOF submitted a memorandum to President Draupadi Murmu urging the repeal of the CAA or its non-implementation in Assam, citing its unconstitutional nature.

Mar 12, 2024 10:14 AM IST

CAA live updates: What AIMIM leader Waris Pathan said on CAA implementation

Citizenship Amendment Act LIVE updates: AIMIM Spokesperson Waris Pathan criticised the Centre for implementing CAA, deeming it “unconstitutional”, ANI reported.

• He raised concerns over the government's “inactivity over the last five years” and claimed the sudden notification aimed to polarize voters before elections.

• Similarly, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi questioned the timing of the act's implementation, suggesting “it draws inspiration from Nathuram Godse's ideology, aiming to sow division in the nation”.

Mar 12, 2024 10:00 AM IST

CAA live updates: Application for Indian citizenship under CAA to be made online

Citizenship Amendment Act LIVE updates: The Citizenship (Amendment) Act Rules will allow individuals eligible under the CAA-2019 to apply for Indian citizenship through an “online portal” provided by the government.

• The Centre issued these rules before the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct, as the general election dates are expected to be announced soon, likely for April-May this year.

• Union home minister Amit Shah highlighted that the notification will enable minorities facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to obtain Indian citizenship.

• He said that PM Modi has fulfilled another commitment by granting this right to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians residing in those countries, aligning with the vision of the constitution's framers.

Mar 12, 2024 9:28 AM IST

CAA live updates: Actor turned politician Vijay opposes implementation, says ‘not acceptable’

CAA live updates: Tamilaga Vettri Kazhagam Chief and Actor Vijay opposed the notification of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 rules which were issued by the BJP-led Centre on Monday.

“In the circumstances where the nations people live with social harmony, doing divisive politics and introducing acts like CAA 2019 is unnecessary. The ruling government in the State should give assurance that they won't implement in law in Tamil Nadu,” Vijay said in a statement he shared on X.

He said it is not acceptable to implement any law like the CAA in a nation where people live with social harmony.

On February 2, Actor Vijay entered politics and announced his party's name - Tamilaga Vetri Kazham. Click here

Mar 12, 2024 9:00 AM IST

CAA live updates: If you are just joining, here is a briefing about CAA

CAA live updates: A briefing on the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

• The CAA modifies the Citizenship Act of 1955 to offer citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis who migrated from neighbouring Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan before December 31, 2014.

• According to the 2019 amendment of the act, migrants who arrived in India by December 31, 2014, and faced "religious persecution or fear of religious persecution" in their country of origin become eligible for expedited citizenship.

• The 2019 amendment to the CAA further reduces the residency requirement for naturalization of these migrants from twelve years to just six.

• Between December 2019 and February 2020, the nation witnessed a series of anti-CAA demonstrations, culminating in the Northeast Delhi riots.

Mar 12, 2024 8:53 AM IST

CAA live updates: Meant to only target Muslims, says AIMIM's Owaisi

CAA live updates: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Monday that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is “meant to only target the Muslim section of society,” adding that the legislation takes inspiration from the thoughts of Nathuram Godse, who was the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi.

In a post on X, Asaduddin Owaisi said that the Indians who earlier protested to oppose CAA, the National Population Register, and the National Register of Citizens will have no choice but to oppose it again.

"Aap chronology samajhiye, pehle election season aayega, phir CAA rules aayenge. Our objections to CAA remain the same. CAA is divisive and based on Godse's thought that it wanted to reduce Muslims to second-class citizens. Give asylum to anyone who is persecuted but citizenship must not be based on religion or nationality," Asaduddin Owaisi posted on X.

Mar 12, 2024 8:33 AM IST

CAA live updates: ‘Just for polarisation,’ Cong attacks Centre for delay in implementation

CAA live updates: Reacting to the CAA notification issued on Monday, Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications, Jairam Ramesh says, “It took them 4 years and 3 months to bring this rule. The Bill was passed in December 2019. The law should have been formed within 3-6 months. Modi Government sought nine extensions from the Supreme Court and took 4 years and 3 months before notifying the rules last night. These are just for polarisation - to influence the elections in Bengal and Assam. If they were doing it honestly, why did they not bring it in 2020? They are bringing it now, one month before the elections. This is headline management...This is the strategy for social polarisation.”

Opposition parties questioned the timing of the move which has come ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due in April-May.

Mar 12, 2024 8:21 AM IST

CAA live updates: Arvind Kejriwal criticises Citizenship Act implementation

CAA live updates: Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal launched an attack on the Centre on Monday over the notified Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 rules.

In a post on 'X', CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "After ruling the country for ten years, the Modi government has brought CAA before the elections. At a time when the poor and middle class are groaning due to inflation and unemployed youth are struggling from door to door for employment, instead of solving these real issues, the BJP has brought CAA."

Kerjiwal asked the centre who would provide jobs to migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mar 12, 2024 8:07 AM IST

CAA live updates: Seema Haider, a Pakistani national who illegally entered India, hails CAA, PM Modi

CAA live updates: Seema Haider, the Pakistani woman who illegally entered India to marry a man she met online, celebrated with her family in Uttar Pradesh's Noida, on Monday following the Centre's announcement of implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

"We are very happy, we congratulate the Indian government. PM Modi has done what he promised," she was quoted as saying by PTI.

Seema Haider celebrated despite not being a direct beneficiary of the CAA, as she arrived in India in 2014 and is Muslim.

CAA makes it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, who arrived in India before December 31, 2014, to get Indian citizenship.

Mar 12, 2024 7:34 AM IST

CAA live updates: Congress' TS Singh Deo criticises CAA implementation process

CAA live updates: Former deputy chief minister of Chhattisgarh and Congress leader TS Singh Deo, criticised the central government's announcement of the rules under the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 on Monday. Stressing the significance of engaging in broader discussions with the nation before finalising decisions, he highlighted the necessity for the central government to have consulted extensively before notifying the CAA rules nationwide, according to news agency ANI.

“These are issues that should have been discussed with the country at large and then decisions taken,” TS Singh Deo said. “You (the Central Government) should talk, make it acceptable, and then do it,” he added.

Mar 12, 2024 7:15 AM IST

CAA live updates: Priyanka Chaturvedi on Seema Haider celebrating CAA implementation

CAA live updates: Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Priyanka Chaturvedi took to X to share the video of Seema Haider, a Pakistani national who illegally entered India in May last year to marry Sachin Meena, asking, "What is she celebrating?"

“Okay. So what exactly is she celebrating? Since neither has she come to India before December 2014 nor is she persecuted minority from Pakistan. Also, US citizen, behen Mary Miliben is celebrating as well in America…. Gazab!” Chaturvedi wrote on X.

Seema Haider gained attention in July 2023 when authorities discovered her residing with Sachin in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida. She claimed that she fell in love with Sachin Meena while playing the mobile game PUBG and chose to relocate to India to be with him, leaving behind her former husband, who was employed in Saudi Arabia.

Mar 12, 2024 7:04 AM IST

CAA live updates: Guwahati Police warns after CAA copies burnt

CAA live updates: Guwahati Police issued a legal notice to organisations that have called for a strike in Assam to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The 16-party United Opposition Forum, Assam (UOFA), declared a statewide strike on Tuesday and planned other protest activities gradually.

Guwahati Police said, “Any damage to public/ private property including Railway and National Highway properties or injury to any citizen caused due to 'Sarbatmak Hartal', legal action under appropriate provisions of law including Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 will be initiated against you and the total cost of damage to public and private properties will be recovered from you and your Organization.” Click here for more details

Mar 12, 2024 6:55 AM IST

CAA live updates: Noida police are on high alert. Why?

CAA live updates: Senior officers on Monday said that the Noida police increased deployment across Noida and Greater Noida in response to the Centre's notification regarding implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Shivhari Meena, additional commissioner of police (law and order), mentioned that a contingent of 4,000 officers conducted foot patrols across the district that evening.

“In view of the announcement on CAA on Monday evening, as many as 4,000 personnel of the police as well as the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been deployed at crowded public places, religious places as well as sensitive areas with mixed religion population. Foot marches were carried out at various locations such as markets, shopping malls, temples and mosques in Noida and Greater Noida while senior officers started on-ground inspections,” said the additional CP.

Mar 12, 2024 6:42 AM IST

CAA live updates: ‘Big win for persecuted minorities,’ says US-based advocacy group

The Coalition of Hindus of North America (CoHNA), a US-based advocacy group, welcomed the official notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in India, hailing it as a “big win” for the persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, ANI reported.

"A big win for Human Rights for the persecuted religious #minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. India finally notifies the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which was passed by the Indian Parliament in 2019!," the CoHNA said in a post on X.

The group further emphasised that the regulations would not impact current Indian citizens of any religion and would expedite the process of Indian citizenship for religious minorities who fled Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

Mar 12, 2024 6:34 AM IST

CAA live updates: ‘Modi govt fulfilled its guarantee by issuing notification of CAA,’ says Arjun Ram Meghwal

CAA live updates: Minister of law and justice Arjun Ram Meghwal on Monday said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government fulfilled its guarantee by issuing the notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

"Did what was said. The Modi government fulfilled its guarantee by issuing the notification of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)," Meghwal said in a post on X.

After the CAA was passed in Parliament and received Presidential assent in 2019, protests erupted opposing the law, calling it "against" Muslims in the country. Four years later, on Monday, the Union government implemented the law by notifying the rules under it.

Mar 12, 2024 6:17 AM IST

CAA live updates: Bengal's Suvendu Adhikari says ‘law will not snatch citizenship’

CAA live updates: Suvendu Adhikari, the Leader of Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly on Monday said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act of 2019 does not revoke anyone's citizenship. He further said that Hindu refugees in West Bengal are pleased with the government's decision to enforce it.

“Hindu refugees in West Bengal are very happy. This is a very good step. This is not an attempt to snatch someone's citizenship. Mamata Banerjee tries a lot to create confusion. This law is very clear. This is a law to give citizenship and not to take it away,” Suvendu Adhikari was quoted as saying by ANI.

Mar 12, 2024 6:08 AM IST

CAA live updates: Will it be implemented in tribal Areas in Northeast ?

CAA live updates: The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, enforced on Monday, will exclude most tribal regions in Northeastern states, particularly those under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution.

• The law will not be applied in Northeastern states mandating an Inner Line Permit (ILP) for visitors from other parts of the country, namely Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Manipur.

• According to officials citing the newly notified rules of the law, tribal areas with autonomous councils established under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution are also exempt from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). These autonomous councils are present in Assam, Meghalaya, and Tripura.

Mar 12, 2024 5:56 AM IST

CAA LIVE updates: Delhi Haj Committee chairman says ‘Muslims will not face problems’

CAA LIVE updates: Delhi Haj Committee Kausar Jahan expressed support for the enforcement of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) 2019.

Jahan said, "I welcome this decision. This is an act to give citizenship and not take it away. The condition of Non-Muslims in our neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh is not good. If the government wants to give them a respectful life, what is the problem with it?"

Additionally, she thanked PM Modi, asserting that the Muslim community will not encounter any issues due to this legislation.

(ANI)

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