Mumbai: Lambasting on centre former Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah has said that Congress’s agenda should be to lead the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) protest to stop the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from implementing their Hindu Rashtra agenda.
Speaking on the anti-CAA and NRC discussion at the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office on Thursday, the former chief minister said, “When we face many issues like the economy, unemployment, poverty and many other things, was it necessary to talk about the CAA and NRC. It should be our (Congress) agenda to lead the anti CAA and NRC protest to stop the BJP from implementing their Hindu Rashtra agenda.”
He further stated that the CAA-NRC law was not only against the Constitution, but it was also against humanity, and it also affects other communities badly.
He said, “There are 19 lakh people in Assam detention centres, out of which 8 lakh people are Muslims. What will happen to others? The Home Minister has made some very confusing statements about this issue.”
“When farmers are committing suicide, atrocities are taking place, the economy is in a terrible state, the government is talking about something else. We will not at all allow our country to become a Hindu Rashtra on the basis of religion,” added the senior Congress leader.
Several protests had erupted across the country after the implementation of CAA, which grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014