Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday tabled Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha during the winter session of the Parliament. While speaking about on Citizenship Amendment Bill, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said “It nothing but a targeted legislation over minority people of our country”. Meanwhile, Amit Shah replied, “This Bill is not even .001% against minorities in the country.”
Amit Shah said, ” In Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis and Jains have been discriminated against. So this bill will give these persecuted people citizenship. Also, the allegation that this bill will take away rights of Muslims is wrong.” “If any Muslim from these three (Afghanistan,Pakistan,Bangladesh) nations, applies for citizenship according to our law, then we will consider it, but the person won’t get benefit of this amendment as the person has not faced religious persecution,” he added.
Meanwhile, he added that “Why do we need this Bill today? After independence, if Congress had not done partition on the basis on religion, then, today we would have not needed this Bill. Congress did partition on the basis of religion.”
Also, N. K. Premachandran, Revolutionary Socialist Party MP said that “Bill violates the basic structural features of the constitution envisioned in the preamble as entitlement of citizenship based on religion is against the secular fabric of the country.” Saugata Roy, TMC said, “This bill is divisive and unconstitutional, it violates article 14 of the constitution. This law is against everything our founding fathers including Dr. Ambedkar envisioned.”
Similarly, Asaduddin Owaisi said that “I appeal to you (Speaker), save country from such a law and save Home Minister also otherwise like in Nuremberg race laws and Israel’s citizenship act, Home Minister’s name will be featured with Hitler and David Ben-Gurion.’ To this Om Birla, Lok Sabha Speaker said, “Please don’t use such unparliamentary language in the house, this remark will be expunged from records.”