Mumbai: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal challenged Union Home Minister Amit Shah and asked to come forward to debate with him on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, National Citizen Register and National Population Register.
Sibal said, “The Home Minister has said that Rahul Gandhi and Mamata Banerjee should argue with him on the NRC-CAA-NPR issue. I challenge them to come forward and argue. The truth and lies will come to the fore.”
Alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah have lied about the CAA, the Congress leader said: “The first lie was that the CAA is impartial. When the law was enacted in 1950, it clearly mentioned Gone is how citizenship will be granted. Anyone who was born here. Anyone who has been living here for 11 years will get citizenship whether it is Hindu, Sikh, Christian or Muslim.”
“Citizenship was to be obtained on the basis of 5 criteria and religion has nothing to do with it. There was no mention of religion,” he said.
Sibal questioned the Center as Shah said CAR had no connection with NRC.
“Shah himself said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) would come in April 2019, followed by NRC. However, Modi said in a rally that since his government came, there was no discussion on NRC, but the President said NRC Mentioned. Address, how could this come in the President’s address if the government did not discuss it? “He asked.
Claiming that the CAA is against minorities and the poor, the former Union Minister said: “No Indian needs to worry about this, the family name of Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (5th President of India) in NRC No, the Kargil war soldier is out of NRC. If this is his condition then what will happen to the poor? ”
“These people are targeting the poor Hindus of Uttar Pradesh, who do not have papers. They will give them citizenship and then say that we have done it,” he said.
The detention centres meant using the centre for illegal migrants, he said: “The government has lied to us that no detention centres are being built in the country. Places for detention centres have been allocated in Karnataka and Maharashtra Still, the Prime Minister is lying.”
“He said that no force was used on anti-CAA protesters, but only in Uttar Pradesh, many people were killed,” he said.
Protests erupted in various parts of the country against the CAA, which gives citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and Christians, fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.