Mumbai: Addressing his first Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) meeting in Andhra Pradesh, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that true followers of Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar will oppose the citizenship law.
Owaisi said, “This is the first time in 70 years of our country’s parliament that a law based on religion has been enacted. Never before has an act based on religion been done. It is against the fundamental rights of our Constitution.”
Continuing his attack, Owaisi said, “The one who will raise his voice against the CAA will be a true lover and follower of Gandhi and Ambedkar. The one who will raise his voice against Modi and Shah will be called a ‘mard-e-mujahid’ in the truest sense.”
The AIMIM leader reiterated that his ‘papers will not show’ and said that the government cannot force Muslims to leave the country.
“I have this country. I will never leave this country and will not show my papers. If it comes to showing papers, we will come forward and ask you to shoot in our hearts. In our hearts is the love for India which you (government) can never understand,” Owaisi said.
Protests erupted in various parts of the country against the CAA, which flees religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, giving citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and Christians and who arrived in India on or before 31 December 2014.