When former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh supported Indian citizenship for neighboring minorities

NEW DELHI: Amidst the ongoing controversy, an excerpt from an old Rajya Sabha document shows former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh supporting the granting of citizenship to persecuted minorities in neighboring states when he was the leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha.

According to excerpts from a document that resembles the transcription of a discussion by Rajya Sabha, the former prime minister welcomed the idea of ​​granting Indian citizenship to minorities facing persecution in countries like Bangladesh .

The excerpt dated December 18, 2003 doing rounds on social media read, After partition of our country, the minorities in countries like Bangladesh, have faced persecution, and it is our moral obligation that if circumstances force people, these unfortunate people, to seek refuge in our country, our approach in granting citizenship to these unfortunate persons should be more liberal.

The CAB was cleared by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday. It seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh if they faced persecution in their countries.

The controversial bill will be presented next week in Parliament.