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Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 ; Amit Shah: There will be NRC

Shah said: “It’s a humanitarian issue, beyond political ideologies.” He asserted that the legislation will not in any manner affect the minority communities in India. “The Muslims in India have nothing to fear, they will continue to live peacefully,” he said.

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Updated: Dec 10, 2019, 02.21 PM IST
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"NRC aane wala hai": Amit Shah makes his intention clear
"NRC aane wala hai": Amit Shah makes his intention clear
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday midnight passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019, with 311 votes for and 80 against. Home minister Amit Shah insisted that the only intention of bringing the bill was to provide refuge to the “persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan”.

Shah said: “It’s a humanitarian issue, beyond political ideologies.” He asserted that the legislation will not in any manner affect the minority communities in India. “The Muslims in India have nothing to fear, they will continue to live peacefully,” he said.

On whether CAB was intended to make a background for nationwide NRC, Shah said: “There will be NRC. For that there is no need for any background as BJP’s election manifesto promise is enough. Once NRC is implemented, we will ensure no infiltrator remains in the country.”

Shah also announced the inclusion of Manipur in the Inner Line Permit areas. Shah said: “Infiltrators won’t be allowed to stay in the country at any cost.”

Shah said Pakistan failed to “uphold the Nehru-Liyaqat Khan pact” on protecting minorities of both the countries. While the number of Muslims in India went up over the years, that of minorities, including Hindus, in Pakistan declined sharply, Shah said. “Obviously, either they have been converted, or made to flee or were killed,” Shah said. He reiterated opposition to Rohingyas’ stay in India.

On why Muslims weren’t included in the provisions of the bill, Shah said: “Simply because Muslims are not minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan.”

On criticism that CAB is religionbased, Shah said: “Religion-based citizenship has been happening in India since the Partition of this country. When Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan were given citizenship during Nehru’s time, it was based on religion.” On demand for citizenship to Sri Lankan Tamils, he said: “During Shastri-Bandaranaike agreement, Sri Lankan Tamils had also been given citizenship.”

Shah alleged Congress accepted partition of India on the basis of religion. Taunting Congress’ secular credentials, he said: “Congress is such a party that it aligns with Muslim League in Kerala and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.”
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