Mumbai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah emphasized opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He argued that 70 per cent of the refugees in India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who would benefit from the newly amended citizenship law, hail from the Dalit communities.
“70% of these refugees are Dalits. I want to ask the protesters who are against the CAA – how will you benefit from demonstrating against these Dalits? The anti-CAA is anti-Dalit, “Shah said during the BJP’s nationwide Ran Jan Jagran Abhiyan in Karnataka.
He slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee and others over their resentment to the citizenship law. He dared them to prove that CAA is “anti-Muslim”.
“There is no clause in the CAA snatching citizenship of Muslims in India. People took to the streets and also hit the police. Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamta Banerjee, Communist, SP, BSP are responsible for this. “Shah said during a public meeting.
There's no clause in the CAA that takes away the citizenship of Muslims in India.
People have been on the roads and collided with the police as well. Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, Communists, SP, BSP is responsible for this: Shri @AmitShah #IndiaSupportsCAA pic.twitter.com/8m5sM5KNrM
— BJP (@BJP4India) January 18, 2020
He kept the people of Gandhi family in solitude and challenged them to read CAA fully. Shah further said that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi would argue with him if he finds something that is against the Muslim community in the amended Citizenship Act.
“I challenge Rahul Gandhi … read CAA fully, if you find anything that takes away the citizenship of Indian Muslims …. Our Prahlada Joshi (Minister of Parliamentary Affairs) to argue with you Are ready, ”Shah said.
Shah’s remarks are bound to raise eyebrows in the backdrop of a vicious attack by masked people on students and teachers on the JNU campus on 5 January.
Shah continued, “Rahul Gandhi says he has freedom of speech. Whoever chants anti-Indian slogans has a place behind bars.”
The BJP president said that the party leaders would approach three crore people as part of their ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’ to make people aware of the CAA. The BJP has organized more than 250 rallies which are part of its outreach program.