‘Oppose as much as you want’: Amit Shah dares Oppn over citizenship law

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan
Aug 08, 2020 01:56 AM IST

Amit Shah, who also doubles up as BJP boss, alleged that the opposition is trying to “mislead” the people about the intent of the act. He again spotlighted that the act will not take away anyone’s rights.

As opposition parties step up efforts to corner the government, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday signalled that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led national coalition was firm on implementing the citizenship law that has led to protests in parts of Delhi and beyond.

Home Minister Amit Shah during the Foundation Stone laying ceremony of Bharat Vandana Park at Dwarka in New Delhi on December 17, 2019. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Home Minister Amit Shah during the Foundation Stone laying ceremony of Bharat Vandana Park at Dwarka in New Delhi on December 17, 2019. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)

“I want to say (to opposition) oppose politically as much as you want, but Narendra Modi government is firm and we will ensure that people who have been deprived of their rights for so many years will be given citizenship ,” the home minister said at an event to lay the foundation stone of a park, Bharat Vandana Park, in west Delhi.

Stay tuned with breaking news on HT Channel on Facebook. Join Now

The home minister’s challenge to the opposition came around the same time hundreds of people in east Delhi’s Seelampur hit the streets against changes to the citizenship bill. Soon, the protest turned violent with stones and bottles being thrown at police personnel who responded with tear-gas shells to disperse them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pinned the blame for the protests on the Congress, told an election rally in Jharkhand that the opposition party was being used by urban naxals to attack the provisions. He also asked if the Congress wanted the government to extend Indian citizenship to Pakistanis.

Also Watch l Watch: PM Modi’s dare to opposition parties on Citizenship Amendment Act 

The amended citizenship law provides citizenship to undocumented minorities who entered India from three Islamic countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan - in India’s neighbourhood.

Amit Shah, who spoke a few hours in national capital Delhi, picked up from where the prime minister left it to continue the offensive.

Amit Shah said the opposition was trying to “mislead” people about the intention behind the law and reiterated that changes to the citizenship law weren’t designed to take away anyone’s rights, but give them to people who had faced persecution in India’s neighbourhood due to their religion.

“The entire opposition is trying to mislead the population. I am saying again that nobody’s citizenship will be taken away. This was part of Nehru-Liaquat pact but was not implemented for 70 years because the Congress wanted to make a vote bank.

In April 1950, a treaty was singed between the then Prime Minister of India Jawahar Lal Nehru and the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali Khan called the Nehru-Liaquat Agreement, regarding the security and rights of minorities, and enjoins the two countries to ensure “complete equality of citizenship” and “full sense of security” for their minorities.

The Nehru-Liaquat pact, signed following communal disturbances in Bengal, Assam and Tripura, states minorities should look “to the Government of their own State” for the “redress of their grievances”, and that the two government will “not recognise forced conversions”.

“Modi government has implemented the pact which will give citizenship to lakhs and crores of people,” said Shah at the event in Delhi.

Get Latest India News and Cyclone Michaung Live Updates along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world
Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, December 06, 2023
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals