Unconstitutional and divisive citizenship project: Mayawati

LUCKNOW: President of BSP Mayawati On Thursday he described the Bill on Citizenship (Amendment) as unconstitutional and divisive, and demanded that it be sent to a parliamentary committee for review.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill cleared by the central cabinet is both unconstitutional and divisive, Mayawati told reporters here.

Citizenship in the name of religion and discrimination in the name of the religion of citizens through it is totally against the basic structure of the humanitarian and secular constitution of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, said the leader of the BSP.

On Wednesday, the Union cabinet approved the citizenship bill (amendment) that seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees Pakistan , Bangladesh and Afghanistan did face religious persecution there.

Instead of forcing this bill, such as demonetization and the GST, the central government should review it, he said. It should be sent to a parliamentary committee for better deliberations so that this bill can be presented to people in an appropriate manner that is in line with the Constitution.

The president of BSP said that her party believes that if the central government makes correct decisions in the interest of the country and the people, it would rise above the party's policy and support them.

Mayawati welcomed the extension of reservation for the SC/STs for another 10 years in the legislature and requested the government to fill the backlog of the posts reserved for these sections in the central and state governments by launching a drive.

He also supported the reservation for these sections in the private sector.