Mumbai: Opposing Citizenship Amendment Bill here in Rajya Sabha Congress MP Kapil Sibal on Wednesday said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) will make the two-nation theory, which was perpetrated by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a reality.
Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Sibal alleged that the introduction of the bill was an attack on the “idea of India”.
The former Union minister said, “You are going to make the two-nation principle a reality by passing this bill. It is a historic bill because you are going to change the constitution and change history.”
Taking a tig on Union Home Minister Amit Shah here, he alleged that the two-nation theory was floated by the Congress and said that it was Hindu ideologue, who introduced the theory, which led to the partition.
Taking a sarcasm at Shah, he said: “I don’t understand which history books the home minister has read. The two-nation theory is not our theory. It was conceived by Savarkar.”
He said, “I request the Home Minister to withdraw that charge because we believe in that one nation. You don’t believe in that,” he said.
The Bill seeks to grant citizenship to refugees from the Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zoroastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
It was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday with a majority of 311 votes against 80 votes where 391 members were present and voting.