Congress divided India on the basis of religion: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI: Minister of the Interior of the Union Amit Shah On Friday he launched a scathing attack accusing him of dividing India on the basis of religion during his partition, and that the movement made at that time, now led the government to present the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The minister made the comments during the debate on the introduction of the bill that seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955, which was promulgated to provide for the acquisition and determination of Indian citizenship.

If Congress had not divided the country on the basis of religion when India obtained freedom, there would be no need to present the bill (Citizenship Amendment), Shah said.

The minister accused the great party of dividing the county on the basis of religion during the partition.

In a specific objection raised by the opposition on Jammu and Kashmir, Shah claimed that Kashmir is not considered part of India.

After more than an hour of debate on the legislative competence of the bill whether it can be taken or not, the lower house approved it after the division of votes with 293 in favor and 82 against.

In presenting the bill, the Interior Minister rejected the accusations of opposition members and said: I assure you that the bill does not violate any article of the Constitution of India and that no citizen will be deprived of their rights.

Each citizen has been granted a place in the bill based on a reasonable classification.

He said the bill seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, countries, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The bill also seeks to protect the constitutional guarantee granted to the indigenous populations of the northeastern states covered by the sixth Annex of the Constitution and the legal protection granted to the areas covered by the Bengal Eastern Border Regulation System, 1873 .